Bariatric surgery Atlanta residents highly recommend can make you feel like a whole new person. You’ll be able to participate in activities that you weren’t able to before. You might feel like you have a whole new lease on life.
To get to this point, you have to choose the bariatric surgery that’s right for you. This will depend on a variety of factors including your reason for weight gain, your lifestyle habits, and your body type.
Proper diet and exercise is vital to the success of any bariatric surgery, but here’s where the differences come in and what makes a good candidate for each.
Also known as gastric bypass surgery, malabsorptive surgery alters the way your body digests and absorbs food. It involves removing a large portion of your stomach and then rerouting the intestines to shorten the path food must travel. With a smaller stomach, you will be able to consume less food before feeling full and the shorter digestion path allows for fewer calories to be absorbed.
If you have been diligent in your weight loss efforts and have already tried dieting, exercise, and medication, and haven’t seen results, then malabsorptive bariatric surgery might be right for you.
A restrictive bariatric surgery will reduce the size of your stomach but will not alter your intestines. The stomach may have a large portion removed, or you may have a band placed over the top section, called LAP-BAND. Both of these methods mean you will get full faster and therefore eat less food, but you will still digest it the same way.
A restrictive surgery has fewer complications because it does not alter the digestive system. This makes it ideal for those with a BMI over 40, or those with a BMI in the 30s who also have a co-morbidity such as high blood pressure or heart disease that is caused by their weight.
In many cases, a combined approach can be the most beneficial. These are what we call combined surgeries. They alter the size of the stomach and the digestive system, but to a smaller extent than purely malabsorptive techniques. This method has proven to be very successful at long-term weight loss which is why approximately 90% of all bariatric surgeries are combined.
A good candidate for this type of surgery will have already tried dieting and exercising without success, but will not also have any serious co-morbidities.
Explore Your Options
To learn more about the different kinds of bariatric surgery Atlanta residents are getting, and which is best for you, please contact Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery Institute today. We have four metro-Atlanta locations to serve you and our doctors have decades of experience with weight loss surgery. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and help you schedule a consultation. You will meet with a doctor to discuss your health and weight loss goals and determine which type of surgery will bring you new life. Contact us today to get started.