Weight Loss Surgery

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gastric bypass and other weight loss surgeries make changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat or by reducing the absorption of nutrients, or both. Dr. Edward Hill discusses weight loss surgery in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, includes several different procedures designed to make the stomach smaller.

The goal of these surgeries is for you to feel satisfied with less food, so you eat less and lose weight.

In gastric banding, a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. Your doctor can adjust the band after the surgery to control weight loss.

In Roux-en-Y bypass, a small pouch is created in the stomach that skips some of the small intestine. After this surgery the body absorbs less calories from food, which leads to weight loss.

In vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a portion of the stomach is removed and a new stomach pouch is formed. The stomach is reduced in volume but functions normally so most food items can be consumed but only in smaller portions.

You will never be able to eat the way you used to, but you also will not be as hungry as you used to be.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.