Weight loss surgery, accompanied with behavior and lifestyle changes, is a powerful tool for significant weight loss. Bariatric surgery makes losing weight more manageable because you feel full on smaller portions and are often less hungry. Our patients say they love losing weight without feeling like they are on a “diet.” Many of the diseases associated with obesity, including type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea can be resolved or improved soon after surgery.
Today, thanks to technological and research advances, we offer several safe and effective procedures for surgical weight loss. We work with you to determine if you qualify as a candidate for surgery and if so, what type of procedure will be the safest and most effective for you.
Attending one of our free weight loss seminars is a great way to explore your options and learn what might work best for your needs. Most important, your physician will work with you at your individual consultation to answer your questions and help determine the healthiest approach to achieve your weight loss goals.
Understanding Surgical Weight Loss Procedures
Weight loss procedures fall into two categories—restrictive or malabsorptive. Restrictive procedures reduce the number of calories that you can take in by limiting the size of the stomach pouch. These include the gastric band and gastric sleeve. Malabsorptive procedures block the absorption of calories through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, by rerouting or bypassing part of the intestinal track. Some procedures, like the gastric bypass, combine both restrictive and malabsorptive techniques.
Bariatric surgery options include:
At the UC Health Weight Loss Center, we see weight loss surgery as a team approach to helping you lose weight in the healthiest way possible. You are an important part of our team, and understanding your options is vital to ensuring that you are successful in your weight loss journey.