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HOW DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

HOW DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
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Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric Surgery in Murfreesboro

If non-surgical methods have not helped you lose weight long-term, you may still have another option. Studies by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery have demonstrated that weight-loss surgery, as compared to non-surgical treatments, yields the longest period of sustained weight loss in patients who have failed other therapies.  But keep in mind that a positive attitude, self-discipline, and the ability to plan ahead are key to the success of the surgery. Surgery can help you achieve your long-term goal only if you are ready to make a commitment to losing weight and keeping it off.

Murfreesboro Surgical Specialists perform the following weight loss surgeries:

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

This highly restrictive and mild malabsorptive operation is the most frequently performed weight loss procedure in the United States. It involves creating a small 1-ounce pouch from the original stomach and thereby limiting food intake. To allow food to pass into the intestine a new connection must be created between intestine and the newly formed small pouch. This connection is created in such a way to limit food absorption aiding in weight loss.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery using the Roux-en-Y procedure has a long history of successful weight loss in the United States and is regarded as the most effective treatment for morbid obesity currently available.

How Gastric Bypass Works

During this operation, the stomach size is reduced into a small pouch about the size of a walnut.  The small intestine is divided in half and the lower portion is attached to the new stomach pouch as the outlet for food.

The upper part of the small intestine connected further down the outlet branch of the small intestine forming the “Y” in the name Roux-en-Y.

Using this technique most of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine is bypassed by food.  In combination, the smaller stomach pouch, which holds only about one ounce of food, and the shorter length of intestine available to absorb calories, results in weight loss of about 60 percent of excess body weight.

The bypassed section of stomach and small intestine continue to produce digestive juices that contribute to healthy digestion of the food eaten.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy is a new procedure for weight loss that is particularly suited to those patients at highest risk for surgery, either because of their medical co-morbidities or their weight. The procedure involves removing 60% of the stomach, leaving behind a “banana shaped” sleeve of stomach. This portion of stomach restricts the amount of food that a patient can eat and leads to significant weight loss (up to 30-40% of excess weight).

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a relatively new bariatric procedure in the United States.  You may also hear sleeve gastrectomy, called a vertical gastrectomy, restrictive vertical gastroplasty, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy.  It has advantages over Roux-en-Y, for some patients, especially those who are too large or too sick to be considered for other bariatric surgeries.

How Sleeve Gastrectomy Works

Like adjustable gastric banding, the sleeve gastrectomy works by limiting the amount of food a person can eat before feeling full.  This is achieved by removing a large portion of the stomach and leaving behind a smaller stomach shaped like a very slender banana. The new stomach only holds between 1 and 5 ounces of food. Unlike adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible because part of the stomach is removed.

Because the part of stomach that is removed is responsible for secreting hormones that stimulate hunger, sleeve gastrectomy patients experience reduced appetite after surgery. Reduced appetite along with the restriction in food imposed by the smaller stomach results in weight loss for these patients.

Sleeve gastrectomy is often used on extremely obese patients to reduce their weight prior to gastric bypass surgery. Weight loss is similar to that seen in adjustable gastric banding.

Commonly Used Store-Bought Protein Shakes

  • Juice Plus
  • Premier Protein
  • EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control Shake
  • Sugar Free Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • Muscle Milk Light (Lactose Free)
  • Atkins Advantage Shake
  • EAS Myoplex Light
  • SlimFast Low Carb

Equipment Needs

  • Blender
  • Measuring cups
  • Strainer

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