Weight-loss surgery can be a great tool to help you gain control of your appetite and improve your eating habits. Bariatric surgery is the only cure for Type II diabetes, and can help with high blood pressure, sleep apnea and a host of weight-related health problems.
During the surgery process, you will participate in extensive education on how to manage your food intake, make good food choices, become knowledgeable about recommended supplements and plan for exercise. You will also receive valuable tips on the emotional aspects of changing behavior patterns.
Several members of our team have undergone weight-loss surgery themselves, so you can expect compassionate treatment and a clinic setting with equipment specially designed to meet your needs and make you feel comfortable and safe.
You will receive:
- Expert medical and surgical care provided before, during and after your surgery
- Appropriate equipment to meet your needs during clinic and hospital care
- Extensive follow-up services to help achieve your healthy weight-loss dreams
Effective weight-loss surgery depends on your follow through with recommended healthy eating habits, required vitamins and regular exercise. We are available as you take those first steps and continue on your journey.
At the Comprehensive Weight Management Center, we offer three types of bariatric surgery to aid weight loss and improve health. Each of these procedures helps to diminish your appetite, making it easier for you to make healthy changes in food intake.
Gastric bypass surgery
In Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is reduced to an egg-sized pouch. Additionally, a portion of the intestinal tract is permanently separated. The lower portion is then reattached to the new stomach pouch, bypassing the upper portion of the intestine. The amount of food taken in is restricted by the size of this pouch, and certain nutrients are no longer absorbed in the bypassed section of the intestines. These surgical changes facilitate weight loss.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
In laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, the upper portion of the stomach is reduced in size by the placement of a gastric band appliance, thus decreasing the amount of food that can be comfortably eaten. The tightness of the band can be adjusted by inflating or deflating the band using an adjustment port placed in the wall of the abdomen underneath the skin. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery is reversible, and Holston Valley Medical Center’s Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence offers both the REALIZE™ and LAP-BAND® devices for this type of procedure.
In sleeve gastrectomy, the upper part of the stomach is made into the shape of a tube or “sleeve,” and the rest of the stomach is then removed. The amount of food eaten is limited by the stomach’s smaller size. Sometimes, a second surgery such as gastric bypass may be recommended by the surgeon at a later date.
A consultation with one of our physicians can help you decide which weight-loss option is best for you.
Benefits of weight-loss surgery
Many weight-loss surgery patients experience significant health improvements. As a person’s weight is reduced following surgery, numerous health conditions – including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease – can improve and will often disappear. Frequently, patients find they are able to stop taking many prescription medications. They often notice more energy and gain higher self-esteem.
Perhaps most importantly, overall life expectancy can be improved.