This is an exciting time in the field of weight loss surgery because of the many surgical and technological advances. In the 40+ years since weight loss surgery was introduced in the United States, we have learned that it is the only proven long-term solution for significant weight loss, with better results than dieting and exercise alone. There are more options now than ever before, and with the research being conducted at the University of Cincinnati, even more, less invasive choices will be available in the future.
The most commonly performed procedures include (click on a link below for more information):
Weight loss procedures fall into one of two categories – restrictive or malabsorptive.
Restrictive procedures reduce the number of calories that can be ingested by limiting the size of the stomach pouch. Purely restrictive procedures, such as gastric banding (Lap-Band® & Realize® Band) and gastric sleeve, tend to be less complex than procedures that combine restriction with malabsorption such as gastric bypass. They also provide a healthy, natural weight loss in which you burn fat without sacrificing good nutrition.
Malabsorption is the process by which the number of calories entering the bloodstream through the intestinal walls is reduced, by rerouting or bypassing part of the intestinal tract – for example, Gastric Bypass is a malabsorptive procedure. These procedures provide rapid, significant weight loss, but patients must be sure to supplement their diet with additional vitamins. Our staff dietitians will help you learn more about these and other nutritional needs after your surgery.
Combination restrictive / malabsorptive procedures, while requiring additional dietary limitations, also provide considerable weight loss.
No matter what type of surgery you choose, all weight loss procedures have very similar long-term weight loss results both in terms of pounds and in health benefits. 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.
There are many factors that go into deciding on the type of surgery you wish to have, and not everyone is a candidate for every procedure. When you come to your physician consultation, we will talk with you at length about your choice of procedure and will answer all of your questions to help you decide the right type of surgery for you. You can also attend a seminar to learn more about the types of procedures.
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.