Weight Loss Surgery Options

For many obese or morbidly obese people, weight-loss surgery is the only option to take off that excess weight and keep it off. The combination of weight-loss surgery (or bariatric surgery), diet, and exercise is proven to be the best way to lose that weight and keep it off long term. But you may be wondering about the different weight-loss surgery options.

Just like other medical procedures for other parts of the body, there is no single magic procedure for every patient. After an initial consultation, your surgeon will decide the best course of action for you, your lifestyle, and your medical history. There are a few different weight loss surgery options, all designed to help you reach your target weight.

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, “Patients may lose as much as 60% of excess weight six months after surgery, and 77% of excess weight as early as 12 months after surgery.” That is an impressive stat for those dealing with medical conditions associated with obesity.

Weight Loss Surgery Options

In gastric bypass surgery, a portion of the stomach is closed off, creating a small pouch to restrict food intake. The pouch is then connected directly to the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and a large portion of the small intestine. This reduces the number of calories and nutrients your body can absorb, leading to weight loss.

This means that the body cannot absorb as many calories. Gastric bypass surgery is usually only recommended for people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 or higher, or those who have a BMI of 35 and are experiencing health problems related to the