Our bariatric surgery program offers a comprehensive clinical approach to surgical weight loss management for the morbidly obese. We offer a full complement of resources to help provide every patient with personalized attention and high-quality care.
Our program includes:
- An MBSAQIP Accredited hospital facility with the most technologically advanced equipment.
- Caring and specially trained nursing and support staff.
- Pre- and post-operative nutritional and support staff.
- Pre-operative patient education classes to prepare patients for weight loss surgery.
- Individualized treatment plans to assure the best patient outcomes.
- Monthly support group meetings.
- Long-term follow-up care.
Laparoscopic (Minimally-Invasive) Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique used in a wide variety of general surgeries, including bariatric surgery. Many bariatric surgeons have received the necessary training to perform laparoscopic bariatric surgeries and offer patients this less invasive surgical option.
When a laparoscopic operation is performed, a small video camera is inserted into the abdomen. The surgeon views the procedure on a separate video monitor. Most laparoscopic surgeons believe this offers better visualization and access to key anatomical structures. The camera and surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions made in the abdominal wall. This approach is considered less invasive because it replaces the need for one long incision to open the abdomen.
As compared with open surgery, some benefits may include a marked decrease in surgery-related discomfort, reduced time in hospital and hospital costs, and an earlier return to a full, productive lifestyle. Laparoscopic procedures for bariatric surgery use the same principles as open surgery and produce similar excess weight loss results, however, not all patients are candidates for this approach. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery recommends that laparoscopic bariatric surgery should only be performed by surgeons who are experienced in both laparoscopic and open bariatric procedures.
Why Bariatric Surgery Works
For a person with obesity to achieve significant long-term weight loss, the body’s weight-regulatory system (or metabolic health) must be reset so that the body will stop storing excess fat. Surgical intervention is the most effective treatment to accomplish this to date. Obesity-related health conditions have been resolved in up to 80% of patients. Bariatric and metabolic surgery helps reset the body’s ability to effectively manage weight by altering the complex relationship the body has with food and its metabolism. New research indicates that bariatric and metabolic surgery has metabolic impacts that enable a new, lower set point, allowing the body to return to a lower body-fat level. By altering the anatomy of the stomach and/or intestine, bariatric and metabolic surgery affects hormonal signals, resulting in decreased appetite, increased feelings of fullness, increased metabolism and healthier food preferences. These positive changes allow the body to lose weight without the internal fight to return to the higher set point.