Have you tried multiple diet and exercise programs without success? If your weight is more than 100 pounds above your ideal weight, bariatric surgery may be a good option for you. Attend a free information session to learn more.
With bariatric surgery, you can shed unwanted pounds and reduce your risk for diabetes and other weight-related health issues. Permanent lifestyle changes in diet and exercise are required.
Bariatric surgery shrinks the size of your stomach.
Bariatric surgical procedures create weight loss by reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold. WVU Medicine Bariatrics offers a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) approach consisting of a few small incisions as well as traditional open surgery, if needed. Our bariatric surgeons perform weight loss procedures including roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery, adjustable gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. We’ll determine which approach suits you best during your first appointment.
It’s safe and effective with minimal overall complications.
Though weight loss surgery has a reputation for being risky, procedures have improved a lot over the years. The risks of staying obese – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even death – are much more dangerous. Your surgeon will discuss with you possible post-operative complications and risks, including cardiac arrhythmia, pulmonary embolism, or wound infection. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery reports that the chances of having a major complication are only about 4.3 percent.
Benefits include significant weight loss and diabetes remission.
Most patients lose and keep off substantial weight, often 100 pounds or more. And after surgery, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and sleep apnea vanish in 60 to 80 percent of patients, while others improve somewhat, a recent study found.
It can take up to six months before you’re ready for surgery.
After your initial consultation, it may take anywhere from three to six months before you are ready to have the surgery. Once we’ve gathered the information that we need, we send a letter to your insurance company for pre-approval for the procedure. Once we’ve obtained this, you undergo an in-depth history and physical examination, including laboratory tests and x-rays. If there are no additional or unexpected medical problems that would require treatment first, you’re ready to proceed.
Many patients are satisfied with their results.
Though bariatric surgery is a long-term process, most patients feel satisfied with their choice. Read some of our success stories to learn more. Patients feel better, take fewer medications, and regain an active lifestyle. Are you ready to begin your own success story? Join us at our next information session.
This blog is approved by Jessica Murray, RN, WVU Medicine bariatric coordinator.
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