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 surgical choice.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

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.