Surgical Weight Loss
It’s common knowledge that a proper diet and exercise can result in weight loss. The bigger challenge is keeping off that lost weight. If you’ve had trouble losing weight or keeping it off, weight loss surgery is an increasingly safe and effective option to consider. Our team of specialists can help find the right solution for you.
Bariatric surgery changes how your body handles the food you eat. These surgeries involve making changes to your stomach, intestine, or both organs in order to help you feel full more quickly, reduce the amount of food eaten at one time, and consume fewer calories.
Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?
Surgical options for weight loss at Saline Memorial Hospital include three surgical procedures for obesity as approved by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. These weight loss procedures include:
Gastric bypass is one of the most common forms of weight loss surgery in the U.S. In this surgery, the surgeon staples off a large section of the stomach, creating a tiny pouch, and then connects the small intestine to the pouch. Patients can't eat as much as they did before surgery because this small pouch can only accommodate a few ounces of food at a time. When the pouch fills with food a feeling of fullness occurs. The reconnected intestine causes the food to bypass part of the intestine so some of the nutrients and calories in food will not be absorbed.
Gastric Band (Lap Band)
Gastric lap band surgery involves placing an implant – a soft silicone ring with an expandable balloon in the center – around the top part of the stomach. It creates a two-compartment stomach, with a much smaller top part above the band. This controls how much food can enter the stomach, allowing a person to only eat enough food to fill only the top part of the stomach. After a meal, the food passes through the opening of the band into the remainder of the stomach.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical procedure that induces weight loss by restricting food intake. With this procedure the surgeon removes approximately 75 percent of the stomach. This results in the stomach taking on the shape of a tube or "sleeve" which holds much less food.
Non-surgical Weight Loss
The ORBERA™ balloon provides patients with a less invasive option to surgery that can assist them in reaching their long-term weight loss goals. A surgeon inserts a deflated balloon through the mouth and into the stomach — without any surgery or incision. The balloon is filled with saline, taking up space in the stomach to help one eat smaller meals, reinforcing proper portion control. Learn more about ORBERA non-surgical weight loss
To find out which weight loss procedure best fits your needs, call us today at (501) 574-7171 to set up a consultation.