Bariatric surgery can be extremely helpful in both weight loss and in regaining better health and wellness. For example, after bariatric surgery and weight loss, Type 2 diabetes is often much easier to manage. Surgeons at the Association of South Bay Surgeons, help patients with the bariatric surgery that works best for them.
Bariatric Surgery Q & A
Obesity is a progressive condition that can be life-threatening. People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, respiratory issues, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, infertility, depression, and some types of cancer. It’s currently estimated that obesity results in around 400,000 deaths every year. In cases of severe obesity, it’s difficult to treat with just diet and exercise. Only about 1 out of 20 obese people find success this way. This is where bariatric surgery can help.
Bariatric surgery is best suited for those who are severely obese, especially people who haven’t been successful in losing weight with other methods or developed health problems due to obesity. People who have a body mass index (BMI) over 40 (usually around 100 pounds overweight for men or 80 pounds overweight for women) may be good potential candidates for bariatric surgery. If a person has a BMI of 35-40 and has Type 2 diabetes or other potentially life-threatening health conditions, they may be candidates for surgery as well.
Bariatric surgery works by greatly restricting the stomach’s ability to hold food, and by changing the process of digestion in some cases. During the surgery, part of the stomach is closed off to form a new smaller stomach pouch, making it unable to hold nearly as much food as it previously did. In malabsorptive bariatric surgeries, stomach restriction combines with a partial bypass of the small intestine. This procedure directly connects the stomach to the lower part of the small intestine, skipping the part of the digestive tract that absorbs calories and nutrients.
Bariatric surgery is only the start of the weight loss journey. Patients have to be fully committed to making a lifestyle change that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise. If a person is dedicated to losing weight and getting healthy, they’ll maximize the benefits of this surgery.
Words from our patients
“The best bedside manner I have ever encountered in a physician. He made a very scary surgery a good experience…”
“An excellent doctor and surgeon with wonderful people skills. She is extremely personable and makes you feel very comfortable…”
“I don’t like surgery, but he made me feel comfortable, I really trust him. He was very patient and most Doctors don’t understand how important patience is.”
“Everyone in the office was very professional, and very nice to all the patients coming in.”
“A very down to earth doctor. I feel that I can trust what he tells me which is also told in such a way that I can understand…”
“The office was professionally laid out displaying a relaxing atmosphere. The free coffee and actual tables to sit at is a welcome sight…”
“During a very stressful time, the Dr. was thorough and calming. I felt very confident going into surgery that I had made the right decision on the doctor…”
“Good attitude, helpful, explained diagnosis simply and thoroughly. I really did appreciate the call on a Friday evening at home to discuss my options…”
“Office staff very kind and friendly, helpful when I had insurance issues and they worked the problems out. I did not have to…”
“A wonderful doctor who is quite knowledgeable in her field of expertise. She has a great bed side manner and has a pleasant, down to earth personality.”
“One of the best and most caring doctors, I’ve ever met. When I come to see the Dr., I know I’m in good hands, and I have complete trust in him…”
“I felt very confident about my decision to plan my surgery with this Physician. I did extensive research on my type of surgery, issues and options…”
“Dr Friedlander is such a great surgeon. She has the perfect combo of being a skilled surgeon and also being a very decent human being. She was totally present to me…”
“Good doctor, and very nice. She is a busy and in-demand surgeon, so even though I’ve been kept waiting a couple of times, it’s been for good reason.”
“Given a mountain of evidence, I know absolutely that Dr. Klein is absolutely one of the best surgeons and you will be very lucky to have him on your team…”
“I have to say he has been great. Since the beginning of my journey he has been there to answer questions and any concerns I had.”
“I can not thank Dr. Solomon enough for giving me my life back. Topping the scale at 279, I’m 3 months post op and 219 lbs, I would not have been able to do this alone.”
“She is truly amazing, her spirit will take all your fears away and you will be relieved from the moment you meet her. She’s truly an outstanding Doctor…”
“I went to Dr. Ali-jones for a double mastectomy. She was very knowledgeable, professional, and her bedside manner exuded compassion and understanding…”
“Dr. Bhayani perform colon cancer surgery on my wife. I am a pastor and deal with lots of medical people. Dr. Bhayani was outstanding, competent…”
“He explained in specific detail what a liver resection procedure was. I like that he didn’t sugar coat things but his caring attitude made me feel at ease…”