STRUGGLING WITH WEIGHT LOSS NO MATTER WHAT?
If you are morbidly overweight and struggle with losing weight by way of exercise and dieting, the weight loss surgery New Jersey Advanced Surgical Solutions specializes in may be an option for you. Weight loss surgery, also referred to as bariatric surgery, is typically for men who are overweight by at least 100 pounds and women at least 80 pounds overweight. Weight loss surgery may also be an option for someone near central New Jersey who is less overweight but with sleep apnea, heart disease or diabetes.
HOW BARIATRIC SURGERY CAN HELP
In order for a person with obesity to achieve significant long-term weight loss, the body’s weight regulation system must be reset so that the body will stop storing excess fat. By altering the complex relationship, your body has with food and its metabolism, bariatric surgery helps reset your body ability to effectively manage weight.
New research indicates that some types of bariatric surgery (gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and biliopancreatic diversion) have metabolic impacts that enable a new lower body fat level. By altering the anatomy of the stomach and/or intestine, these surgeries affect hormonal signals, resulting in decreased appetite, increased feelings of fullness, increased metabolism and healthier food preferences.
Without the medical intervention that bariatric surgery provides, many patients with severe obesity are not successful in managing their weight and related health conditions.
WHY HAVE BARIATRIC SURGERY?
Bariatric surgery may dramatically improve your quality of life, including your mobility, social interactions, sexual function, work and self-esteem. Studies also suggest that people who have weight loss surgery live longer than those equally obese who do not have surgery. Other improvements may be an improvement of arthritis, asthma and depression symptoms, allowing many people to decrease the amount of medications they take to treat these conditions.
EXPERIENCED WEIGHT LOSS SURGEON
Regarding your weight loss surgery, New Jersey Advanced Surgical Solutions offers a full spectrum of surgical and minimally invasive weight loss procedures with excellent outcomes. All of the weight loss procedures are performed by Dr. Val Prokurat at either of our 2 convenient locations throughout central New Jersey.
No single procedure is right for every patient. Discuss your goals with Dr. Prokurat during your initial consultation so you can come to an informed agreement about which treatment option is the best choice for you. If you are interested in weight loss surgery, please feel free to give us a call or request a consultation online.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT BARIATRIC SURGERY OPTIONS?
Bariatric surgery is an operation that creates a smaller stomach, which will reduce the amount of food you can take in and/or reduce the absorption of calories. Surgery can often be performed using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques, which may decrease surgery-related discomfort, reduce time and cost with a hospital stay, and allow you to return earlier to a full, productive lifestyle.
Laparoscopic gastric bypass involves dividing the stomach with staples by creating a small pouch to reduce the amount of food that can be eaten. The small intestine is divided and brought up to the new “pouch” so food moves directly from the pouch to the middle of the intestine without assistance from normal digestive juices.
This is an emerging procedure with very promising early results for our patients.Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgery that permanently reduces the size of the stomach by approximately 85% but leaves all openings intact. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is about the size of a banana.
GASTRIC BAND CONVERSION
Many patients have experienced issues with the gastric band procedure and sometimes less than ideal results. Because of this, Dr. Prokurat offers patients who have undergone this surgery the option to convert this procedure into a gastric sleeve or a gastric bypass. Both of these options may help eliminate symptoms caused by the gastric band and offer more effective results.
DUODENAL SWITCH SURGERY
One of the most effective weight loss procedures for the super obese is the duodenal switch. The duodenal switch is a surgery combining the sleeve with the biliopancreatic diversion. GLP 1 ( the ‘I’m full’ hormone) will increase and ghrelin (the ‘I’m hungry’ hormone) will decrease.
The size of the stomach will also be reduced to limit food intake and the small intestine is “switched” around to alter the digestion process and limit food (calorie) absorption.