Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Overview

Weight loss surgery is for patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or a BMI between 35 and 39 with at least one co-morbidity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and degenerative disc/joint disease.

Hattiesburg Clinic offers a full range of safe and effective weight loss procedures, including the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

What is the difference between gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery?

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy – often called vertical sleeve or gastric sleeve surgery – is the most commonly performed bariatric procedure. It removes approximately 75-85% of the stomach, causing the stomach to take on the shape of a tube or “sleeve.” The reduction in stomach volume causes people to feel full much quicker after surgery.

The Roux-En-Y gastric bypass is an operation that has been performed for years and is still popular, mainly due to its excellent results. This operation creates a small pouch of stomach and intestines that are re-routed in a Y formation. The food travels down one side and the digestive juices down the other. Not until the two meet further down the small bowel, do the nutrients begin to absorb.  This not only limits how much people eat, it also restricts some of the body’s ability to absorb calories.

What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery offers a host of benefits, including:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Excess weight loss of about 60-70% within one year of surgery
  • Favorable changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger and reduce appetite
  • Remission or improvement of obesity-related health conditions, including:
    • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Stroke
    • Infertility

For those interested in weight loss surgery, speak with your doctor or primary care physician to see if you are a candidate. A physician referral is required for weight loss surgery.

Weight Management
Hattiesburg, MS
Weight Management
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