CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care provider weight loss surgery for those who are severely overweight or obese. The goal of bariatric surgery is to help patients lose weight by reducing the size of their stomach or by altering the digestive process. Bariatric surgical procedures include:
Sleeve Gastrectomy - In this procedure, a large portion of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a smaller, banana-shaped stomach sleeve. The reduced stomach size restricts the amount of food that can be consumed, leading to weight loss.
Gastric Bypass Surgery - This is one of the most common types of bariatric surgery. It involves creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach and connecting it directly to the small intestine, bypassing a large portion of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. This procedure reduces the amount of food you can eat and limits the absorption of nutrients.
Adjustable Gastric Banding - This surgery involves placing an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch. The band can be adjusted to control the size of the opening between the pouch and the rest of the stomach, regulating the amount of food that can be consumed.
While bariatric surgery can be effective in helping individuals achieve significant weight loss, it is not a quick fix or a standalone solution. It requires lifelong commitment to dietary and lifestyle changes, including regular exercise and healthy eating habits.