Bariatric surgery includes surgical procedures performed on the stomach or intestines to induce weight loss. Dr. Huguet specializes in laparoscopic surgeries and offers laparoscopic installation of the lap band and gastric sleeve as well as a gastric bypass. Dr. Huguet and his colleagues specialize in laparoscopic bariatric surgery for several reasons. Minimally invasive surgery puts less stress on the body, recovery time is faster, and there is less pain and potential for scarring. Bariatric surgery helps patients who have found diet and exercise ineffective losing large amounts of weight and maintaining an optimum weight. In order to qualify for bariatric surgery, patients must be 100 pounds overweight or have a body mass index of 40 or higher. These patients are not trying to lose weight for vanity, but as a matter of medical necessity as conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are exacerbated by being overweight.
A gastric bypass is a surgical procedure where the surgeon works to bypass most of the stomach and small intestine so that the total amount of food that can be held by the stomach is significantly decreased. A human stomach is usually about the size of a fist, but it can expand to accommodate large amounts of food. A gastric bypass reduces the space available in the stomach to the size of an egg and the limited capacity should signal to the patient that he or she is full much earlier. Laparoscopic means that the procedure is carried out inside the body using a laparoscope and special laparoscopic surgical instruments.
A gastric sleeve is a surgical procedure which removes about 75% of a patient’s stomach, greatly reducing the area available for food. Also, the stomach is responsible for producing the hunger hormone and by removing part of the organ, the remaining portion produces less of that hormone and the patient feels less hungry. Patients report reduced appetite and significant maintainable weight loss following this surgery.
A gastric band, also known as a lap band, is a small inflatable silicone band which is placed around the top portion of the stomach. This device creates a small pouch in the stomach, which limits the amount of food that can be consumed and the speed of eating. When the patient slows down when he or she eats, it allows sufficient time for the stomach to alert the brain that it is full. Furthermore, by limiting how much food can pass into the rest of the stomach, the patient will typically eat less.
This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.