What Do You Have to Lose, But Weight…
If you are tired of being sidelined by weight and have tried every diet under the sun, surgical weight loss may be the answer for you. Foothill Regional Medical Center specializes in the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and adjustable band, as well as revision surgery.
To set you up for success, we offer a variety of bariatric procedures combined with comprehensive care from pre-operative planning to post-operative education. Our dedicated program director is available to answer questions and help guide you through the hospital process.
Studies have found that bariatric surgery tends to reduce the incidence of diabetes. According to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, nearly all individuals who have bariatric surgery show improvement in their diabetic state. Bariatric surgeries performed in more than 135,000 patients were found to affect type 2 diabetes in nearly 90% of patients by lowering blood sugar, reducing the dosage and type of medication required, improving diabetes-related health problems, among other benefits, according to the ASMBS.
Typically, to be a candidate for either procedure, you must have a BMI of 35 with two comorbidities, or 40 and above (about 100 pounds overweight) to quality. You may quality even if you don’t meet these requirements. There is not one bariatric procedure that works for everyone. A consultation with your doctor will help evaluate if you are a candidate for surgery, and which procedure is right for you.
Gastric Sleeve: In a sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve procedure, the outer margin of the stomach is removed to restrict food intake. During the gastric sleeve procedure, the surgeon removes a large portion of your stomach. The new, smaller stomach is about the size of a banana, which means the patient is less hungry, feels full sooner after eating. Plus, the surgery removes the part of your stomach that makes a hormone that boosts your appetite. From 2010 to the 2018 gastric sleeves became the fastest growing bariatric surgery procedure. Gastric sleeve surgery is best for people who have a BMI (body mass index) of at least 40. That means you’re 100 pounds or more over your ideal weight.
Gastric Bypass: Considered the Gold Standard for weight-loss surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass (or Roux-en-Y) is a well-studied effective treatment for morbid obesity. While there are new surgical procedures for weight loss, none have the long-term data to verify results and safety that bypass does. During the procedure, the stomach is made smaller (similar to gastric sleeve), but part of the small intestine is closed off so that food bypasses it. A new stomach pouch is created by making a small or large incision in the abdomen.
Gastric Band: The surgeon uses laparoscopy (minimal incision) to place an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with about an inch-wide outlet. After banding, the stomach can hold only about an ounce of food. It is the least invasive and reversible.
Revision Surgery: Our surgeons also perform revision surgery. Speak with your doctor if you are interested in this option.
Education and Support
We provide pre-operative and post-operative education and support, provided by our bariatric surgery director. In addition, a dedicated registered dietitian pre- and post-operative nutrition education classes for bariatric surgery patients.
We offer a variety of telephonic and virtual support groups to accommodate your busy schedule. Groups last about one hour and offer opportunities for engagement, education and support.
A sample of virtual support group topics include surgery overview, post-surgery diet, overcoming stalls, mental health and creating balance, importance of varying exercise, preparing for the holidays, relationship difficulties, coping skills, utilizing apps, and more.
To learn more, contact our program director at (714) 619-7700 ext. 3316 or send her an email.