Morbid obesity is one of the most common chronic health conditions affecting Americans to date. The rate of obesity is also on the rise. But obesity does not stand alone; obesity can cause several severe health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, sleep apnea, and many others. Medical treatment, exercise and diet can only go so far with treating morbid obesity. Bariatric surgery is another tool we can use in order for you to reach your weight loss goal.
Weight loss surgery has been around for the past several decades and has made great advances even in the past 10 years. We are now performing over 250,000 bariatric surgeries every year in the United States.
The most common type of surgery is the sleeve gastrectomy. This is when we staple a portion of the stomach away, leaving a "sleeve" of the stomach behind. This shrinks the stomach so that you feel fuller, quicker. This technique also rids the body of cells in your stomach which produce a hormone which causes hunger.
The second most common type of surgery is the gastric bypass. This procedure makes a small pocket of your stomach, and then connects this to a loop of small bowel which "bypasses" a portion of your digestive tract. This surgery acts to restrict the amount you can eat, and also makes it so that a portion of your intestine does not absorb the food you eat.
Deciding which of these surgeries is the best for you requires a two-way discussion between you and your surgeon. Dr. Philip George is fellowship trained in bariatric surgery and can guide you through the entire process.
We also are trained to handle revision procedures such as removal of a lap-band, conversion of a sleeve to a bypass, and many others
Please contact our office for additional information and find out how you can life your best life right away!
If you are interested in hearing more in the comfort of your own home, you can rewatch a webinar hosted by Dr. Philip George on dispelling the myths of bariatric surgery.