When diet and exercise just isn’t enough, bariatric surgery is an effective option for losing a large amount of weight quickly.
Plus, unlike crash diets and other “quick fixes”, long-term studies have shown that bariatric procedures not only help patients loose significant weight – and keep the weight off, but actually aid in the recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, and a reduction in mortality of 23% from 40%.
“There are four different types of bariatric surgeries we perform,” explained Dr. Miguel Alessandrini of VIDA Bariatrics. “We provide Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve, Mini- Bypass, and full Bypass Surgery”
Dr. Alessandrini went on to explain which of the four procedures was most effective for his weight loss patients over the past 10 years.
“With Lap Band, you are placing a foreign object inside the body – and about 8% of patients can actually reject it,” he said.
Up until recently, gastric bypass was the most commonly performed operation for weight loss in the United States with approximately 140,000 gastric bypass procedures performed in 2005. However, today, less patients are opting for bypass surgery. “Although Gastric Bypass surgery is very effective today the gastric sleeve meets the patients weight loss goals but with less medical risks.”
“The gastric sleeve is our surgery of choice,” said Dr. Alessandrini. “It’s much less invasive than the other weight loss surgeries and we find it more effective.”
The gastric sleeve procedure involves removing 75 -80% of the stomach so the patient can only consume small amounts of food. The procedure also removes the portion of the stomach responsible for producing the hormones that stimulate hunger.
For more information about the gastric sleeve, or to find out which weight loss surgery is right for you, please contact VIDA Bariatrics