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Weight Loss Surgery: Questions & Answers

Weight Loss Surgery: Questions & Answers
Weight Loss Surgery: Questions & Answers

More than two-thirds of the US population is overweight with about 78 million adults and 12 million children suffering from obesity. Being obese can cause serious medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol. For many individuals, weight loss surgery offers an effective long-term solution for weight loss.

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about weight loss surgery:

Wen should you consider weight loss surgery?

You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if:

  • You have a body mass index of 40 or more
  • You have a body mass index less than 35-40 plus at least 2 comorbid conditions (heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea etc.)
  • You have been unsuccessful at losing weight through diet and exercise
  • You fully understand the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery and are willing to make the necessary lifestyle modifications to ensure long term weight loss.

What is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery?
The most commonly performed weight loss surgery is the gastric sleeve.

Why is the gastric sleeve the most popular weight loss surgery?
Because of the very impressive success rate of the gastric sleeve and the lower risk of complications as compared to other weight loss surgeries, it is the most popular weight loss surgery in the world today.

How does the gastric sleeve weight loss surgery cause weight loss?
About 75% of the stomach is removed. The remaining portion of the stomach resembles a tube or a sleeve, hence the name ‘Gastric Sleeve’. As your stomach is now much smaller in size, you will feel full on eating small amounts of food. You are also less likely to feel hungry as the procedure reduces the secretion of the hunger-causing hormone, ghrelin. Reduced hunger plus not being able to eat large meals will help you lose significant weight.

How much weight can you expect to lose after gastric sleeve weight loss surgery?
Weight Loss Surgery - Questions & Answers_Greater Houston Gastroenterology_YPO Web content_V1 Most individuals can expect to lose between 50 and 80% of their excess body weight in the first year after the surgery.

What lifestyle changes are necessary after weight loss surgery?
After weight loss surgery, you will have to eat smaller meals, focus on eating healthy, take vitamins and minerals as instructed by your doctor, and exercise on a regular basis. Stick to the recommend program and in a few months and you will notice a big change in your appearance and health. You can expect to improve or even completely resolve comorbid conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, joint pain etc.

At Greater Houston Gastroenterology, we are pleased to offer surgical and non-surgical weight loss solutions to patients from The Woodlands and North Houston to Sugar Land, Richmond, Pearland, and Angleton. Contact us today for an appointment.

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