The Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery
Losing weight and keeping it off can be a life-long struggle for some. In certain cases, people are unable to lose the weight necessary to be healthy. If you are struggling, talk to your primary care provider about whether you might be a candidate for surgical weight loss programs. Then, call my office to set up a consultation.
Adults who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher are candidates for weight loss surgery. Those with a BMI of 35 or higher who also have additional health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or heart disease, are also candidates for weight loss surgery.
Beebe specializes in advanced medical weight loss procedures such as gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve) weight-loss procedures.
Most patients are able to go home the next day with minimal pain.
Types of Bariatric Surgeries
Bariatric surgery is a commitment to a new lifestyle. It is not the easy way out. Patients who join our medical weight-loss program are committing to a new and healthier lifestyle. Each patient must complete a pre-surgery program, which includes diet, exercise, and regular office visits. This program teaches patients how they will need to live following surgery to have the best results.
About the procedures:
- Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes the intestines to change the digestive track. Gastric bypass assists with weight loss by limiting food intake and reducing calories that are absorbed after eating.
- Sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of the stomach. In addition to limiting the amount of food you are able to eat, the sleeve also offers excellent appetite suppression. This procedure does not require any implanted devices.
Both procedures are done laparoscopically, meaning they are minimally invasive with small incision sizes.
If you are ready to take the next step, talk to your physician about whether you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Call Beebe's medical weight loss team for a consultation or more information: 302-703-3630 or contact the Program Coordinator by filling out this form.