Treating Weight Loss & Obesity with Bariatric Surgery
Being significantly overweight can affect your physical, mental, and emotional health. And we understand how difficult it can be to lose excess weight. Sometimes, diet and exercise aren't enough. Our bariatric surgery specialists are highly trained and experienced doctors devoted to helping you achieve your long-held weight-loss goals.
What Is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery helps severely overweight people permanently lose weight. It reduces your appetite by making your stomach smaller. We use the most advanced minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgical techniques. Benefits to you include smaller incisions, fewer complications, and a quicker recovery time. Types of bariatric surgeries include the following:
- Laparoscopic Roux-en-y gastric bypass
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is a surgery that helps severely overweight people permanently lose weight. There are several types of bariatric surgery, but all of these surgeries help reduce your appetite by making your stomach smaller.
Weight loss surgery does not just treat the disease of obesity, but it treats other conditions like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, and acid reflux. In addition, surgery greatly reduces the risk of death from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases.
Reduce Weight-Related Medical Problems
Studies show that bariatric procedures can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of obesity-related conditions like:
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Lower Your Chances of Heart Disease, Stroke, & Cancer
Bariatric procedures can also lower your chances of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Among patients who had bariatric surgery:
- Heart-related health problems dropped by 56 percent
- Diabetes-related health problems went down by 92 percent
- Cancer deaths decreased by 60 percent
- Mortality (rates of death from obesity) went down by 40 percent*
*Adams, NEJM, 2007
*1998 NIH Clinical Guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults
Many patients with obesity have tried to treat this independently, with diet and exercise. Many have had some success, only to have weight regain. More often, patients have little to no success with diet and exercise alone. This is not a result of a lack of willpower or the wrong diet. When a patient has a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35, their chances of reaching an average body weight for a lasting period is less than 1%. That’s why surgery is an option for patients with severe obesity. Unfortunately, many patients who could benefit from surgery don’t know if surgery is right for them. Only about 1% of people who qualify actually get surgery in any given year. Who Is A Candidate For Weight Loss Surgery?
As a patient of Lompoc Valley Medical Center, you also have access to specialists and experts in all areas of medicine. We are committed to quality and excellent outcomes for our patients, as well as long-term follow-up after your bariatric surgery.
We also offer these programs to our patients:
- We treat our patients with a comprehensive team of highly trained experts in bariatric surgery, nutrition, and exercise physiology.
- We offer complete pre and post-surgical diagnostic testing, including endoscopy, lab work, and x-rays, if needed.
- We offer lifelong access to the invaluable monthly bariatric support group with other pre and post-surgical patients.