When you come to the weight loss center you become part of a support system to make you successful in your health journey. You play the most important role in your weight loss journey and success.
Weight Loss Surgery: Your Role
You play an essential role in the long-term success of surgery. Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix; surgery is most effective when paired with lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. Patients are encouraged to deal with emotional and psychological issues that may have contributed to their condition.
You will need to:
- Commit to improving your health.
- Discuss your health history with the bariatric team.
- Be receptive to recommendations from the multidisciplinary bariatric team. We are here to help, not as “hoops to jump through.”
- Follow all instructions on preparing for surgery.
- Discuss any questions or concerns you have.
- Commit to following all instructions on nutrition, activity and other care after surgery.
- Commit to honesty, responsibility and cooperation.
- Commit to long-term follow-up compliance, including lifelong vitamin and mineral Supplementation.
Understanding the Anatomy
Surgical weight loss through our expert care team can greatly improve severe health issues due to weight gain. It is important to understand how your body is affected and our care team will walk you through this.
The sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery that is performed laparoscopically. This type of surgery uses small incisions instead of one large incision. During surgery, approximately 80% of the stomach is removed. The new stomach is about the size and shape of a banana. The surgery restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. In addition, gut hormones are altered, which results in reduced hunger.
The gastric bypass is a surgery that is performed laparoscopically. This type of surgery uses small incisions instead of one large incision. During surgery, a small stomach pouch is created. The new stomach, or pouch, is about the shape and size of an egg. This part of the surgery restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. Next, the small intestine is divided. One end is attached to the new pouch, while the other end is attached further down on the small intestine. This part of the surgery diverts some of the food you eat, which results in less digestion of food.
To schedule an appointment with the Blessing Weight Loss Center or refer a patient, please call (217) 214-5800.