Surgical Weight Loss
Weight loss surgery has been determined by The National Institutes of Health
to be a means to successful, sustainable weight-loss. Why, you may ask,
choose surgery instead of a nonsurgical option to lose weight, such as
diet and exercise? It has been estimated that less than 10% of all obese
people who attempt non-surgical weight loss maintain that weight loss.
Atlantic General Bariatric Center offers gastric sleeve as the preferred
A laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgical weight loss
procedure that limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel
full sooner. In this procedure, a thin, vertical sleeve of stomach is
created and the rest of the stomach (about 75-80% of it) is removed. The
sleeve is about the size of a banana.
Click here to watch a video about the procedure.
The procedure is highly effective for a couple of reasons: the new stomach
can hold considerably less than the original stomach, helping reduce the
amount of food that can be eaten in one sitting. The surgery also has
an effect on the digestive hormones, which can make an individual feel
less hungry and full for a longer period of time.
Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
• You are over 18 years of age
• Your BMI is over 40 (click here to calculate your BMI) or you weigh double your ideal body weight or 100
pounds over your ideal weight
• You have not been successful with traditional weight loss attempts
• You do not suffer from any other diseases that have contributed
to your obesity
• You are willing and prepared to make changes to your lifestyle
and eating habits
• You are committed to continued monitoring by a specialist
• You do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol
As with any surgery, there are both risks and benefits to having gastric
sleeve surgery. Obesity is a chronic health problem that can lead to other
major health issues including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes
to name a few. Often, the risks can outweigh the benefits, but you must
consider both sides before you decide to have the surgery.