Surgical Weight Loss: Deciding Which Option Is Right for You

Trying to lose weight can be very frustrating. A combination of exercise and diet can help some people lose weight, but for others, it just isn’t enough. The good news is, there are a number of surgical weight loss options that can help you lose that stubborn weight and get on the road to improved health.

But, while it’s great to have options, it can also be overwhelming to figure out which one is right for you. Highly skilled bariatric surgeon Dr. Robert Snow can help you sort through all your surgical weight loss options.

Who needs surgical weight loss?

Surgical weight loss is recommended for people who are obese, especially those who have other conditions as a result of obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. These surgical procedures must be combined with subsequent lifestyle changes to ultimately be successful.  

Deciding which procedure is right for you can be tough. It depends on a number of factors, such as how much weight you want to lose, how quickly you want to lose it, your other health conditions, and what diet and lifestyle changes you are able to make after the surgery. A consultation with Dr. Snow is the best way to figure out which procedure will best assist you in reaching your weight loss goals.

Surgical weight loss options

LAP-BAND®

This weight loss procedure uses an adjustable device that squeezes the stomach together. By doing so, it creates a smaller area for your body to store food, making you feel full more quickly. The band can also be adjusted if necessary.

Gastric Bypass

This procedure makes your stomach smaller and also “bypasses” part of your small intestine. In addition to feeling full more quickly, you will also absorb fewer nutrients from your food, and thus, fewer calories.  

Gastric Sleeve

This is a procedure that surgically decreases the size of your stomach, and thus the amount of food you can consume. It is recommended for people who are 100 pounds or more over their ideal weight.

Obalon® Gastric Balloon System

The Obalon Gastric Balloon System does not require surgery. Instead, it’s an in-office procedure where Dr. Snow places balloons in your stomach that take up space which would otherwise fill with food, making you feel full with fewer calories. However, the balloons can only remain in your stomach for six months at a time.

How can I learn more?

If you want to lose weight and diet and exercise haven’t worked, you may be wondering if surgical weight loss is right for you. These procedures, along with diet and lifestyle changes, can help you take off those stubborn pounds. Call or click today to set up a consultation with Dr. Snow to figure out which procedure is right for you and get started on the road to surgical weight loss!

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