December 14, 2021 3:09 pm
You’ve struggled to lose weight, and now your weight interferes with everyday life. Your health conditions—high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or obstructive sleep apnea—are difficult to manage. If this sounds like you, it might be time to speak to the bariatric surgery experts at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Understanding Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is a procedure that helps individuals lose weight to improve their overall health and mortality risk. To be considered a good candidate for the procedure, you must be more than 100 pounds overweight or have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more. You may be eligible with a lower BMI if you have related health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.
Currently, there are a few types of bariatric surgery. At the Magnolia Center for Surgical Weight Loss, we specialize in sleeve gastrectomy. It’s the most popular option and has fantastic long-term results.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Explained
During sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes approximately 80% of your stomach, triggering healthy weight loss and better blood sugar levels. This results in a thin, banana-shaped stomach. Because of its small size, you can’t eat as much food as before the procedure. You feel full more quickly and your body absorbs fewer calories. At the same time, your metabolism improves.
Sleeve gastrectomy requires a lifetime commitment to dietary changes and regular exercise and does come with minor risks. It may cause heartburn or acid reflux, and the impact on your metabolism may not be as great as other procedures. But it’s a simple, safe procedure, even if you have a high-risk medical condition. For that reason, sleeve gastrectomy is our bariatric procedure of choice.
Ready to move toward a healthy weight? The Magnolia Center for Surgical Weight Loss is here to help.
This post was written by Magnolia Regional Health Center