Weight Loss Procedures

Obesity is a disease that profoundly affects both physical and emotional health. For many obese individuals, efforts to lose weight have failed time and again. Even in optimal circumstances, those on traditional weight-loss programs typically lose only a small portion of their excess weight and often regain these kilos and add more. Clearly for some, a different approach is warranted.

For many severely overweight men and women, weight-loss surgery is often the best and safest option for long-term weight loss. The majority of our patients who undergo weight-loss surgery lose between 50 and 80 percent of their excess weight and many are able to obtain their ideal body weight, often for the first time in their lives.

Also, many health problems associated with obesity, including diabetes (Type I and II), hypertension, sleep apnoea, depression and osteoarthritis, are resolved following surgical weight-loss procedures. For over two decades, bariatric surgery has advanced with new minimally invasive techniques and surgical risks have been reduced to that of other common surgical procedures.

Through evaluation and consultation we will help you determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.

Our practice offers a full range of minimally invasive surgical weight-loss options for our patients.  These procedures include sleeve gastrectomy, omega loop (mini) bypass, Roux-en Y gastric bypass and other revisional bariatric procedures.

 

Diabetes

Weight-loss (or bariatric) surgery can have a profoundly positive effect on your health if you are obese and have type 1 or 2 diabetes.  These types of procedures can reverse diabetes and reduce or eliminate the need for diabetes medications.

Uncontrolled high blood sugar and diabetes is dangerous and increases your risk of many serious health problems, including:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Periodontal disease
  • Depression and fatigue
  • Diabetic nerve disease, which can lead to limb amputation

Significant weight loss improves the body’s glycemic control, greatly reducing the potential damaging effects of high blood sugar.

Stopping the damage. Improved glycemic control from weight loss can halt the damaging effects of high blood sugar.

Reversing diabetes. Nearly 80 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes who have bariatric surgery go into remission.  Depending on the patient, those with type 1 diabetes can have their insulin and/or medication reduced.

Giving back control. Recent studies have found patients who underwent bariatric surgery were more than three times more likely to gain control over their diabetes after one year, compared to a group treated with medication.