Weight Loss Surgery
For the millions of Americans who are obese or morbidly obese, weight loss surgery can be life-changing. At Potts Surgical Associates, we have seen first-hand how powerful the effects of weight loss surgery can be on a person’s confidence, health, and quality of life. Though weight loss surgery has been around for a long time, technology has evolved and improved dramatically in recent years. Today, there are more options for surgery-assisted weight loss than ever before. Examples include:
• Gastric bypass
• Gastric sleeve
• Gastric band
• Gastric balloon
Though each of these weight loss solutions works in its own way, they all help to produce a sensation of fullness very quickly after eating begins. The first three make surgical changes to both your stomach and digestive system to restrict the amount of food you can consume. Over time, this leads to weight loss. The gastric balloon is similar, but the changes are not permanent. Instead, a balloon is inserted and inflated within the stomach to provide a sensation of fullness. It will remain there for several weeks or months before being removed.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?
Only you and your physician can determine if weight loss surgery is a potential step toward meeting your weight loss goals. However, you may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery if you have a body mass index of over 35, suffer from a weight-related healthy problem, and have been unsuccessful in your attempts to lose weight using diet and exercise. If you meet preliminary requirements, you may still need to undergo a comprehensive screening to ensure you are ready for surgery based on your health, motivation, psychological status, and more.
Keep in mind that weight loss surgery is not intended to be a quick fix for obesity. It can, however, provide a starting point from which to build a new foundation for a healthy future. The success of your own weight loss surgery will depend on your ability and commitment to make permanent changes in your diet and lifestyle.
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