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Weight Loss surgeryIf you’ve suffered too long with the burdens of being severely overweight, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15 million U.S. adults struggle with severe obesity. For some, weight-loss surgery can offer an incredible life transformation, and can even be lifesaving.*

Sean Lee“The many health conditions associated with being obese — including heart disease and stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis and respiratory problems — are often improved or even reversed by successful weight-loss surgery,” says Sean M. Lee, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Is weight-loss surgery right for me?

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is used as a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. It is an important factor in determining your eligibility for weight-loss surgery. According to National Institutes of Health guidelines, bariatric surgery may be an option for you if you have a BMI greater than 40, or a BMI greater than 35 with serious weight-related health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

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Weighing your options

Bariatric surgery is not an “easy fix,” and it’s not for everyone. It requires a commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. For some people, surgery isn’t an option because of medical conditions or other issues. Only you and your weight-loss surgeon can evaluate your situation and decide if bariatric surgery is right for you.

Gail Collins“We are there to support each patient throughout the process,” says Gail Collins, Bariatric Nurse Navigator. “From helping them schedule appointments with various medical specialists to follow-up care, we provide our patients with the resources they need for long-term success.”

Types of Weight-Loss Procedures

The goal of weight-loss surgery at Aiken Regional is to improve your health through sustained weight reduction and continued long-term management of your weight for a better quality of life. If you qualify for surgery, you will be given access to an online resource enabling you and your surgeon to collaborate on a customized plan that focuses on establishing healthy habits in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and emotional well being. It also allows both of you to monitor your progress after surgery and compare it to your recorded goals.

Adjustable Gastric Banding
(“Lap-Band®”) Adjustable gastric banding is considered the least invasive of the weight-loss surgeries, and is performed through several small incisions in the stomach. The surgeon places an inflatable band around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a smaller pouch with a narrowed outlet.

This limits the amount of food you can eat, and increases your feeling of fullness. Through a small access port under the skin, the surgeon can later tighten the band to make the stomach smaller, or loosen if the band is too tight.

Sleeve Gastrectomy
During this operation, which is usually a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) procedure, about 75% of the stomach is removed. What remains of the stomach is a narrow tube or sleeve, about the size of a banana, which connects to the intestines.

Because the outlet valve and the nerves to the stomach remain intact, the stomach is drastically reduced in size, yet function is preserved. The production of Ghrelin, the “hunger hormone,” is also significantly reduced, enabling most patients to control hunger and cravings and enhancing weight loss.

*Source: National Institutes of Health
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.

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