Chandraprakash Umapathy, MDGastroenterology
Jennifer Wells, MDGastroenterology Transplant
Randy Wright, MDGastroenterology
At University Health, we’re committed to helping you live the healthiest life possible. Our board-certified, fellowship trained bariatric surgeons help patients with the process of losing weight through minimally invasive laparoscopic weight loss surgery procedures.
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric, or weight loss surgery, is designed to help people achieve their weight loss goals. We offer several minimally invasive weight loss surgeries:
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: A small pouch is directly attached to the small intestine to reduce the amount of food you can take in. This procedure is not meant to be reversible.
- Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: About 85 % of your stomach is removed and is divided into a vertical sleeve-like shape. The new stomach size limits the amount of food that can be eaten.
- Revision Bariatric Surgery: If you experience any complications from weight loss surgery, then a revision may be needed. Your surgeon will determine if it’s the best choice for your health.
Almost all bariatric surgical procedures are done with a minimally invasive approach which involves small incisions. Laparoscopic or robotic surgery is performed depending on the surgeon’s preference or availability.
Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?
Eligibility for weight loss surgery is determined by your Body Mass Index, or BMI. It’s a measure of your weight and height and is determined by the following formula:
- BMI = Weight (in kg) / Height (in meters sq.)
- You may qualify for bariatric, or weight loss surgery, if you experience any of the following:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 kg/m2 or higher
- Your body mass index (BMI) is between 35 – 40 kg/m2 with at least one obesity-related health condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea
- Other efforts to lose weight have been unsuccessful
What Are the Risks associated With Bariatric Surgery?
Some possible risks include bleeding, infection or nutrient deficiencies. Dumping syndrome, in which food moves from your stomach into your bowel too quickly, can also occur. This can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Make sure to talk to your doctor about other potential health risk factors before surgery.
What Can I Expect After Weight Loss Surgery?
After surgery, you will remain on a liquid diet for a few days, followed by a diet of pureed or soft foods. Eventually, you’ll be able to return to eating normal, textured foods. For the first few months after surgery, your doctor may also suggest you receive extra fluids to avoid dehydration, constipation and kidney stones. You’ll also be required to take a variety of daily supplements to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need.