What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a technique that adjusts the structure of specific parts of the digestive system to help you lose weight. Weight loss surgeries are an excellent way for you to eliminate unwanted fat and enhance your shape. As with all weight loss surgeries, success depends on making lifelong changes to your eating and exercise habits. All surgery has risks, and your weight, age, and medical history will determine your specific risk. Fortunately, doctors at The Bariatric Experts offer surgery revisions in Frisco to help patients maximize and maintain weight loss results.

What are the main types of bariatric surgery?

Doctors perform two primary weight-loss surgeries in most bariatric clinics: The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy. Both procedures are effective in treating obesity. Moreover, each treatment takes a few hours to perform and requires a short hospital stay. The Roux-en-Y is the most effective treatment for weight loss and it provides various health benefits.

What to expect during Roux-en-Y surgery

 Your surgeon will make small incisions on the abdomen to gain access to the abdominal cavity. Afterward, your card provider will place specific instruments on the incisions to serve as a passageway for surgical instruments to access the abdominal cavity. Your surgeon will observe the abdominal cavity using a laparoscope or video camera. Later your surgeon will create a small stomach pouch using a staling device. Separation of the small intestine into two sections follows.  Your doctor will attach the lower portion of the small intestine to the newly created stomach pouch. This approach allows food to pass directly into the small intestine, where digestion continues. The upper portion of your small intestines will then be reconnected to the lower part of the intestine. The bile and pancreatic fluids from the liver and pancreas allow for thorough digestion of food. After the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract has been altered, this leads to decreased hunger and increased feelings of fullness after meals.

What to expect during sleeve gastrectomy

As mentioned before, the Roux-en-Y is the procedure that most doctors recommend for patients seeking weight loss. However, in some cases, there is another surgery called sleeve gastrectomy. This procedure is similar to the Roux-en-Y. Your doctor will place surgical instruments into your incisions to access the abdominal cavity and view the abdomen laparoscopically.

The average human stomach can increase in size and hold up to one and a half liters of food. While in the stomach, food mixes with digestive enzymes to help break down the food to a more simple form for easy digestion and absorption when it is in the small bowel. During a sleeve gastrectomy, your doctor will create a thin vertical sleeve by using a staling device. This sleeve will typically hold between 50 and 150 milliliters. Part of the stomach is removed, which results in decreased hunger and increased feelings of fullness after meals. Re-routing of the small bowel is not necessary for the sleeve gastrectomy.

Contact The Bariatric Experts to learn more about the weight loss surgeries available to help you achieve your ideal size and shape.