Weight Loss Surgery
If you are thinking about bariatric surgery and are having doubts about whether it is right for you, you’re not alone. Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure, and making that decision requires research and a good amount of reflection.
The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery have recognized Joseph Galloway, M.D. and Christopher Dyas, M.D. as Bariatric Center of Excellence Surgeons. In addition, the ASMBS has recently recognized several procedures as appropriate remedies in the treatment of clinically significant obesity. This list includes the Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass, Adjustable Gastric Banding, and newly the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. The Southeastern Surgical Specialists focuses on the science of weight loss and we will consider the appropriate surgery for you.
The Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass consists of creating a small stomach pouch, allowing you to feel “full” after eating only 3-4 ounces of food. The food then “bypasses” the remainder of the stomach on its way to the intestines. The Adjustable Gastric Banding is a procedure in which a band is placed around a portion of the stomach, restricting the food from filling the entire stomach. The band can be adjusted by the surgeon to mimic fullness. The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery removes a large portion of the actual stomach, therefore reducing the amount of food necessary to experience “fullness” after meals
If traditional weight loss methods have not worked, bariatric surgery may be the right answer for you. It is the only known cure for Type II Diabetes, however bariatric surgery is not a quick fix. It’s an ongoing journey toward weight loss through lifestyle changes. After surgery, the difference in your body makes it physically easier to adjust your eating and lifestyle habits. Fortunately, you will not have to go through this process alone. A team of professionals will be there to support your efforts. Positive changes in your body, your weight, and your health will occur, but you will need to be patient through the recovery process. Please watch our seminar for additional information.