Diet and exercise are effective ways to achieve a healthy weight for many people. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough for some individuals. If you’ve had unsuccessful weight loss attempts, you could be a good candidate for bariatric weight loss, or weight loss surgery. You can explore your options at your community hospital. A bariatric surgeon at your local hospital can explain the differences between the different types of surgical approaches and discuss which procedure might be best for you.
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Many candidates for bariatric surgery prefer the adjustable gastric banding procedure because, as the name implies, a physician at a local hospital can later adjust the device as needed. Additionally, this surgery is considered to have a lower risk of complications than other bariatric surgeries, along with a shorter recovery time. Gastric banding uses the restrictive approach, which means that it restricts the amount of food that you can eat at one time. Gastric banding accomplishes this via the use of an inflatable band, which is placed around the stomach. The band restricts the amount of stomach space available for food. If you find that you need to further restrict your food intake following your recovery, a physician can inject additional saline solution into the band. Likewise, he or she can remove liquid from the band to loosen the device.
Another weight loss surgery is called the sleeve gastrectomy, which involves the removal of approximately 75 percent of the stomach. This leaves a narrow tube to hold food. This type of bariatric surgery also relies on the restrictive approach to weight loss. Many people prefer the sleeve gastrectomy because it is a less extreme approach than gastric bypass and because it doesn’t carry the risk of nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption. However, you should be aware that it is irreversible, unlike adjustable gastric banding.
The bariatric surgeons at Memorial Hospital of Tampa offer a comprehensive program for surgical weight loss at our community hospital. Our program includes support groups, nutritional guidance, and counseling services, along with sleeve gastrectomy and Lap-Band surgeries. Residents of South Tampa and throughout Florida can visit our community hospital on the Web or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400.