Deciding On Surgery
Could Weight-Loss Surgery Save Your Life?
If you are obese, surgery to lose weight may be safer than carrying around those extra pounds. But is losing weight worth the risks associated with surgery? Take a look at the latest research.
Types Of Surgery
Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery
Bariatric surgery is a procedure that alters the process of digestion and is currently the best treatment option for producing lasting weight loss in obese patients when traditional methods have not been effective.
Gastric Banding Surgery for Teens
Gastric banding is a form of bariatric surgery. It is used to treat people with severe obesity who have trouble losing weight through diet or exercise alone.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Overview
This surgery takes out the part of your stomach that curves outward, called the fundus. After the fundus is taken out, your surgeon will close the rest of your stomach into a tube shape that looks like a banana.
BPD/DS Weight-Loss Surgery
BPD/DS is a complex weight-loss surgery that may be recommended for people who are extremely obese and have failed to lose weight through other treatments.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Weight-Loss Surgery
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a type of weight-loss surgery that reduces the size of your stomach to a small pouch – about the size of an egg. It does this by stapling off a section of it.
Dumping Syndrome After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Dumping syndrome is a problem for many people who have had gastric bypass surgery. It happens when the solid parts of a meal get “dumped” directly from the stomach into the small intestine without being digested.
Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Most of the iron from foods like meats, legumes, and iron-fortified grains is absorbed in the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. But after a gastric bypass procedure, food often bypasses this part of the body before minerals and vitamins can be absorbed.
Afferent Loop Syndrome
Afferent loop syndrome is a complication of stomach surgery. If you have had or are going to have a procedure called gastrojejunostomy, also known as Billroth II gastrectomy procedure, you should know that afferent loop syndrome most commonly occurs after this type of stomach surgery.
Risks of Bariatric Surgery: Anemia
Anemia is a common side effect of weight-loss surgery. It’s a condition in which your blood contains lower than normal levels of red blood cells or red blood cells that contain too little of the protein hemoglobin.
Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery: Anastomotic Leaking
One risk of gastric bypass surgery is that the anastomosis, the new connection created in your intestines during the bypass surgery, will leak. Leaking of digestive juices and partially digested food through an anastomosis is one of the most serious complications after bypass surgery.
Stomal Stenosis After Gastric Bypass Surgery
After a gastric bypass procedure for weight loss, some patients may have a narrowing of the new connection between the stomach and the lower intestine. This complication is called stomal stenosis.