Many people struggling with obesity feel as if they’re out of options after years of diets, exercise routines, and other weight loss methods. But for patients in the tri-state area, Valeriu E. Andrei, M.D., Bariatric Associates P.A. provides a new solution: weight loss surgery. Those with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or who are more than 100 pounds overweight are ideal candidates. At the same time, anyone with a BMI over 35 and obesity-related conditions, like type II diabetes, sleep apnea, and more, can also find success. Dr. Andrei offers seven different procedures that, along with lifestyle changes, enable patients to achieve significant long-term weight loss.
Known as gastric sleeve, the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedure is one of the most common weight loss surgery options in the United States. It limits food intake by reducing the size of the stomach from around 32 ounces (a quart) to 8 to 10 ounces (the size of a banana). It also removes the portion of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the “hunger hormone,” to help patients eat less after surgery.
The gastric bypass, also known as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, limits food intake and absorption, helps patients feel fuller faster, and minimizes cravings. This is accomplished by reducing the size of the stomach to the size of a golf ball and bypassing a portion of the digestive system.
Also known as biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, this form of weight loss surgery combines the sleeve gastrectomy with an intestinal bypass. About 60 to 70% of the stomach is removed, and more than two-thirds of the intestine is bypassed, which restricts food absorption and increases metabolic power. It is arguably one of the most effective types of weight loss surgery for long-term success.
This weight loss surgery is also known as the modified duodenal switch with single anastomosis, abbreviated as SIPS or SADIS. This malabsorptive and restrictive surgeryreduces the size of the stomach and small intestine to lessen the nutrients absorbed by the digestive system.
Bariatric surgery is often referred to as diabetes surgery, as it is highly effective in treating the disease. In fact, one study found that 62% of participants showed no signs of diabetes following weight loss surgery, with their blood sugar levels returning to normal. The most efficient procedures for diabetes surgery are the duodenal switch and SIPS/SADIS.
A type of gastric banding procedure, LapBand weight loss surgery places an adjustable silicone band around the upper end of the stomach. This leaves a small pouch with a narrow passage into the remainder of the stomach, helping patients curb their appetites. The procedure is also reversible.
If you’ve previously had weight loss surgery that did not lead to success or cause complications, such as chronic diarrhea, persistent nausea and vomiting, and pain, you may be a candidate for revisional bariatric surgery. While the outcome of weight loss surgery is generally satisfactory, Dr. Andrei and the team have the expertise to correct many issues that may have resulted from an unsuccessful prior procedure.
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If you’re ready to improve your health, confidence, and happiness with weight loss surgery, contact Dr. Andrei and the expert team at Valeriu E. Andrei, M.D., Bariatric Associates P.A. today. We’ll be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation to determine whether weight loss surgery is appropriate for you.