Obesity is the excess accumulation of body fat. It results from high-calorie intake and poses a greater risk of developing many life-threatening diseases. Obesity surgery is usually considered as the best treatment option for patients who have failed to respond to non-surgical weight loss procedures like diet, medication and exercises. Obesity surgery promotes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food your stomach can hold and limiting absorption of nutrients. Common bariatric (obesity) surgeries include:
- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding: The procedure involves placing an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch. This reduces the amount of food you can eat, making you feel full with little food.
- Laparoscopic gastric bypass: A large section of the stomach is stapled, leaving behind a small pouch that can accommodate only a few ounces of food at a time. A section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch, and the food bypasses the lower stomach and much of the small intestine.
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: Your doctor removes 75% of the stomach, leaving behind a narrow section or sleeve. This reduces the size of the stomach and limits the amount of food intake.
*Dr. Lauren Ash offers the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in her practice. She will be happy to refer you to a colleague who performs the laparoscopic gastric bypass or gastric band.