June 6, 2014

Choosing The Right Bariatric Surgery Procedure

Choosing a bariatric surgery procedure is a very personal decision that should be made with the consultation and advice of your medical team including your primary care physician and your bariatric surgeon. When you attend a free seminar you will see if bariatric surgery is right for you. You’ll also get a better idea for which procedure makes the most sense in your particular circumstance. During your subsequent consultations with Dr. Enochs, Dr. Bruce or Dr. Tyner, you will receive the medical advice you need to make the best decision.

Currently, there are three major bariatric procedures available to patients suffering from obesity and its related diseases (comorbidities). These procedures are the gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy also known as the gastric sleeve and the gastric band. Each of these procedures come with their own advantages and disadvantages and as a result, no two patients will require the same care. As a general guideline however, the gastric bypass offers the greatest potential weight loss and disease resolution, followed by the gastric sleeve and then gastric banding. Conversely, the gastric band is the least invasive of the procedures, while gastric bypass is the most complex.

The considerations for choosing a procedure do not begin and end with potential weight loss however. Some other thoughts to consider:

  • Patients who suffer from severe type 2 diabetes or acid reflux (GERD) may benefit the most from a gastric bypass
  • Those who do not wish to alter the small intestine and keep the procedure purely restrictive may opt for the sleeve gastrectomy or gastric band
  • Those who require an adjustable and reversible procedure should look no further than a gastric band
  • Those who have serious health problems that may increase the risk of surgery and those who have BMIs of over 70 may benefit from the gastric sleeve

Only a consultation with a qualified physician can offer the perspective you need to make the right decision for your health and future lifestyle. We suggest that visit our page on qualifying for bariatric surgery to learn more. We also encourage you to watch our online seminar, which will inform you on three different procedures that we offer as well as giving your perspective on our practice and our team.

Ultimately, knowledge is power when it comes to deciding what procedure is right for your particular circumstance. We encourage you to educate yourself as thoroughly as possible and come to your first consultation with an open mind

Feel free to contact us at any time for more information on the procedures we offer or on the process for qualifying for surgical intervention for obesity.

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