Your Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is the first step many people take on their journey to a fuller, happier and healthier life. It’s an exciting time full of promise and hope for the future – hope that may have been absent for many years. The more you know about the procedures available, the better prepared you will be to make sure your weight loss surgery is the one that most closely relates to your goals and weight loss needs.
The gastric-band procedure involves inserting a gastric band around the top portion of the stomach, creating a restriction that can be narrowed or widened according to your needs. The purpose is to reduce your capacity to consume large amounts of food, without making permanent changes to the stomach itself – or the digestive tract.
Many people prefer this treatment, as it is one of the least invasive forms of bariatric procedures, requiring no stitching or stapling of the stomach. The procedure can also be reversed by removing the band.
Most people lose one to two pounds per week over a two-to-three year period, rather than experiencing the dramatic initial weight loss that typically accompanies the gastric-sleeve surgery.
The gastric sleeve procedure removes 80 percent or more of the stomach, including the fundus where the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin is produced.
This impacts weight loss in two ways; first, your smaller stomach limits the amount of food you can consume, and secondly, there is less ghrelin in your system so your appetite is usually decreased. Weight loss with this surgery is typically more immediately dramatic than with the gastric band procedure.
Taking the time to carefully consider your options, plan for your surgery, and commit to a new lifestyle is essential to achieving and maintaining long-term weight loss.