Obesity is considered by many experts to be our number one health problem in America. Obesity and its associated co-morbidities, especially cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancer, take an enormous toll on thousands of people every day. For those patients struggling with obesity, the Center for Bariatric Surgery and Metabolic Medicine at Good Shepherd offers help. Good Shepherd’s highly trained staff of physicians, surgeons, nurses, nutrition and behavior counselors, dieticians and exercise specialists, are committed to helping you understand the different surgical and medical options, complete the necessary insurance requirements and adopt the all-important nutrition and behavior changes that lead to long term success.
How do I know if I am a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
To qualify for weight loss surgery, you should:
• Have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40, be at least 100 pounds overweight, or more than twice your ideal weight; or have a BMI over 35 with a coexisting medical problem related to obesity (i.e., diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, or osteoarthritis);
• Be able to demonstrate a serious past attempt to lose weight through exercise or programs;
• Have no major medical, physical, emotional or psychological problems that would significantly increase the risk of surgery; and
• Be well-informed about the procedure you and your surgeon select as well as capable of participating in long-term follow-up and aftercare.
We offer three surgical weight loss procedures and will help you evaluate the most appropriate option for you.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
During the sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon removes roughly two-thirds of your stomach, leaving behind a banana-shaped sleeve. Even though this procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach, it allows the stomach to function normally but decreases the amount of food you can eat and decreases hunger.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is designed to reduce the amount of food consumed and allow food to pass through to the intestine without being absorbed. A small stomach pouch is created that restricts food intake. This new stomach is then attached to the middle part of the small intestine, bypassing the lower stomach and portion of the small bowel.
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Adjustable gastric banding is designed to restrict food consumption without interfering with your body’s normal digestive processes. A hollow, silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the stomach.
For more information about surgical options, please call (903) 315-4408.