Weight Loss Surgery Criteria

Patients in the Tampa Bay area who are thinking about bariatric surgery to lose significant amounts of weight should make an appointment with the specialists and surgeons at Bay Surgical Weight Loss to have a bariatric consultation to determine eligibility for bariatric surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery Criteria Q & A

What happens during a bariatric surgery consultation?

When a patient meets with a surgeon for a discussion about weight loss options, there are a number of factors to discuss and consider to determine if bariatric surgery is a viable option to help the patient, and if so, which form of surgery will be most effective. Bariatric surgery involves major surgery and the patient's overall health and commitment to making the positive changes to allow the surgery to work and maintain the weight loss are essential factors to this decision.

When is weight loss surgery needed?

When traditional weight loss methods have failed to produce the weight loss results necessary for better health, surgery may offer a better chance at regaining your health. Choosing a procedure that’s right for you is often a confusing process, but the surgeons at Bay Surgical Weight Loss can and will recommend the right procedure for you based on your body and lifestyle.

Who is eligible for bariatric surgery?

Weight loss operations, such as gastric sleeve surgery, are meant for patients who are severely overweight and have not lost weight or maintained loss through healthy eating and exercising. Surgery is traditionally considered an option when the person’s BMI, or body mass index, is at least 40 or the patient is 100 pounds overweight. It is also suited for those who have a life-threatening or disabling condition which is caused by their excessive weight.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

Laparoscopic gastric sleeve gastrectomy surgeries provide significant weight loss results to patients and due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, patients benefit from shorter surgery times and quicker recovery. Also, as the size of the stomach is significantly reduced, fewer “hunger” hormones will be released and the patient’s desire to eat will decrease.

What are the bariatric options?

  • 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.
  • 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 know 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 limited how much food can pass into the rest of the stomach, the patient will typically eat less.
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