With severe obesity, when therapeutic methods can no longer help, bariatric surgery (the section of surgery that treats obesity) is the only effective way to get rid of excess body weight. During the surgery, the volume of the stomach or the length of the small intestine decreases, which allows you to achieve a feeling of fullness from a smaller amount of food eaten. Accordingly, the number of calories entering the body decreases. Another result of the operation, which also has a beneficial effect on weight loss, is a change in taste preferences and diet.
Any bariatric operation leads to weight loss, stabilization of concomitant chronic diseases associated with metabolic disorders. For example, blood lipid levels are leveled, which slows the development of atherosclerosis. All this improves the quality of life of our patients and increases their life expectancy.
Objectives of Bariatric Surgery
Gain weight by going off the diet or stop monitoring the calorie content of the food – it’s not tricky. But losing weight, especially to its original state, is beyond the power of everyone.
Bariatric surgery like sleeve gastrectomy Los Angeles allows you to permanently lose a third or more excess weight. Long-term studies have shown that patients operated on due to obesity have a stable body weight of 27% less than those who did not undergo surgery, but at the beginning of the study were in the same weight category.
Getting rid of excess body weight in addition to weight loss as such carries a number of positive aspects, among which:
- stabilization of blood pressure and the work of the cardiovascular system as a whole;
- normalization of biochemical blood parameters;
- slowing of atherosclerosis;
- correction of the condition in patients with type 2 diabetes;
- normalization of the load on the muscular system, which is especially important for women in menopause, when the risk of osteoporosis and joint damage increases.
Indications for bariatric surgery
The decision about whether you can have surgery with bariatric goals is made only by the surgeon based on a full examination of your body and the identification of concomitant diseases. In general, indications for such an intervention are:
- body mass index over 40 kg/m2
- body mass index 30-39.9 kg/m2, but there is a chronic disease (or several), the course of which depends on the degree of obesity. We are talking about type 2 diabetes mellitus, cholesterol, arterial hypertension, female infertility, degenerative joint diseases.
In any case, before surgery, it is necessary to try to reduce weight by therapeutic methods. This gives excellent motivation not to violate the diet after surgery, which allows you to further consolidate the result. You should never forget that obesity is a chronic disease, which can finally be eliminated only thanks to traditional or surgical methods of treatment.
Our clinic staff is fluent in English. Nurses and nursing nurses have undergone special rehabilitation courses for bariatric patients and will always help you with their competence. A surgeon, a specialist in the field of invasive bariatrics, is on duty around the clock.
Before surgery, you will receive a dietitian consultation on the features of postoperative nutrition.
Before the operation, you will undergo a full examination, based on the results of which the type of operation is selected and a plan for further therapeutic treatment and nutritional support is drawn up.
The vast majority of bariatric surgeries (99%) are performed by laparoscopic methods. The proportion of severe postoperative complications is extremely small and amounts to less than 1%. There have been no deaths in the past 500 obesity operations. Our specialists have extensive experience in managing high-risk patients for concomitant diseases.
In each case, the reasons that led to overweight and obesity are different, which is why the diagnostic search and solution to these problems cannot be “clichéd” in nature. When drawing up a treatment program, contraindications to a number of procedures are taken into account in the case of concomitant diseases, the patient’s readiness for therapy is determined, and treatment goals are set.