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Weight Loss Surgery

Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon procedure is the non-invasive option for weight loss procedures. Gastric balloon procedures have been done since 1985 and have helped many people reach their weight loss goals. The gastric balloon procedures are done under mild sedation and only takes about 30 minutes. The procedure requires two steps: balloon placement and balloon removal. The gastric balloon placement is done without any incisions. The purpose of this procedure is to reduce the capacity of your stomach. By reducing the capacity of the stomach, you are able to feel fuller on smaller meals. The balloon is placed temporarily for up to 6 months. During the 6 months you will receive nutritional coaching to retrain your portion control.

You are a candidate for gastric balloon if you have a BMI between 30 and 40, been unable to lose weight through diet or exercise, or if you have one or more health related issues that affect weight loss.

The advantage of this procedure is the lack of down time and weight loss! It is a same day procedure, meaning you are able to return home the same day the balloon is placed. The procedure has minor side effects like nausea, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort in the first few days following the procedure. A common side effect while having the gastric balloon placed is acid reflux which can be managed with prescribed anti-reflux medications.During the first week it is advised to refrain from heavy activity and rest is recommended for the first 3 days. After the first week, exercise is key to meeting your weight loss goals. It is extremely important to follow diet coaching tips and check in regularly with your doctor.

Gastric Sleeve

The gastric sleeve procedure is a minimally invasive weight loss procedure that was first performed in 2000. The gastric sleeve is a laparoscopic procedure that only requires a few small incisions. This is a non-reversible procedure. During this procedure, 75% of your stomach is removed leaving a smaller version of your stomach that looks like a sleeve and takes about 1 - 2 hours. Your weight loss surgeon and anesthesiologist will consult with you and decide on general anesthesia or IV sedation. Although this is a minimally invasive procedure, a one night stay at an aftercare facility is normally recommended.

Gastric Sleeves are recommended for patients with a BMI over 40 and is the less invasive option compared to gastric bypass. People that are at risk for complications with anesthesia or for gastric bypass will find this a great alternative to meet their weight loss goals. Patients can look forward to losing 40-70% of their excess weight within the first year following surgery. Not only does this procedure help to make you feel full quicker due to smaller stomach capacity but you can expect hormonal changes such as reduced secretion of hunger hormones.

Following your procedure, you can expect your recovery nurse to get you up and walking around within 3-4 hours and pain will be managed with medication. It is recommended to take 2-4 weeks off from work or school following the procedure and after 4 weeks you can start exercising. It is common and normal to feel low energy the first 2 weeks due to decreased caloric intake but will find your energy will start to improve. The most common side effect following this procedure is acid reflux or heartburn which can alleviated with prescribed anti-reflux medications. Severe complications are very rare and if they occur it is normally within the first 10 days following surgery and can include infection, bleeding, blood clots, or stomach leaking.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is a procedure that makes changes to both your stomach and small intestine to promote weight loss. The gastric bypass surgery was first performed in 1994 as an open surgery. During this procedure a small pouch is formed and a bypass from this pouch to the small intestine is made. The changes made to the stomach and small intestine work to change the way your body digests and absorbs food for optimal weight loss. The procedure takes about 2-3 hours to complete. Here at Soma Surgery, we perform the gastric bypass surgery as a laparoscopic procedure. Your weight loss surgeon and anesthesiologist will consult with you regarding anesthesia type but general anesthesia is normally recommended. It will be recommended for you to stay at least one night at an aftercare facility for recovery.

The benefits of this procedure are quicker weight loss up to 80% following the procedure and long term results are higher than any other weight loss procedure. You are a candidate for this procedure if you BMI is over 40 or your have health related issues that affect weight. This procedure can be reversed but there are risks associated with reversal.

Following surgery for the first couple months, small soft foods and liquids can be tolerated but eventually you can gradually incorporate solid foods back into your diet. You can also expect to take vitamins such as a daily multivitamin to ensure you are still receiving adequate vitamins with your lower caloric intake. A very rare early complication can be leakage at surgical site and late complications can be vitamin deficiency or low blood sugar. You can return to work in about 2-4 works. Similar to the gastric sleeve, you will feel lower energy the first couple of weeks during recovery due to decreased caloric intake but will feel your energy improve as your body adjusts to the new caloric intake.