Bariatric surgery helps you lose weight using one or more of the following techniques:
Through its impact on your hormones, bariatric surgery may also reverse Type 2 diabetes, which supports weight loss and improves your overall health.
To be considered for bariatric surgery, you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or be more than 100 pounds overweight. Or you may have a BMI of 35-39 and be diagnosed with at least one obesity-related health condition.
In addition to meeting one of the BMI requirements, you should also have a history of unsuccessful weight loss attempts.
When you’re obese, you have a high risk of developing health conditions that are directly caused by your weight. These obesity-related health problems include:
Obesity can also lead to gastrointestinal problems. You may develop gastroesophageal reflux disease, colon polyps, or gallstones, to give you a few examples.
The bariatric specialists at Spring Hospital perform three weight-loss procedures:
If you had an earlier bariatric procedure that failed or caused side effects, the Spring Hospital surgeons perform revision bariatric surgery.
If you’re close to your healthy body weight, but you still have pockets of fat you want to eliminate, you have other options for slimming and toning your body:
Advanced devices use laser or radiofrequency energy to break down fat cells, and then your body eliminates the waste. These procedures are noninvasive because the energy safely passes through your skin and only affects the fat cells.
Liposuction removes more fat than noninvasive procedures. Your plastic surgeon at Spring Hospital makes a small incision, inserts a narrow tube, and then uses gentle suction to remove the fat.
This is a major surgery in which your plastic surgeon at Spring Hospital removes abdominal fat, tightens the muscles, and eliminates excess skin.
You can also explore surgeries such as an arm lift or excess skin removal after losing a substantial amount of weight post-bariatric surgery.
No matter how much weight you need to lose, the Spring Hospital physicians are here to help. Call the hospital to learn more about bariatric surgery.