MountainView Weight Loss Center specializes in LAP-BAND®, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass. Because of our commitment to education, our site is designed to not only inform you, but to alleviate your concerns as well. We also offer a free educational bariatric seminar to talk through your questions about bariatric surgery procedures.
Why Consider Weight Loss Surgery?
Obesity increases your risk of potentially life-threatening, weight-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. These diseases make normal daily activities difficult, and are expensive to treat and significantly decrease life expectancy.
Weight loss surgery is the most effective method for helping people who have been unsuccessful at losing weight using diet and exercise alone. Bariatric surgery enables patients to lose a significant amount of weight and maintain that loss over the long term.
Is Bariatric Surgery the Right Choice for You?
Undergoing weight loss surgery is a major decision that will permanently alter your life. To be successful, you must be prepared to make permanent changes to many of your present behaviors. People who make these lifestyle changes achieve significant weight loss and experience increased health, greater mobility and improved self-esteem and self-confidence.
How Much Weight Can You Expect to Lose?
Your final weight loss depends on multiple factors including your starting weight, the current state of your health and your ability to adhere to lifestyle changes. The more effort you put in, the more successful you will be at achieving and maintaining optimal weight loss.
Your Surgical Options
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, is a bariatric surgery procedure for helping patients to achieve significant weight loss. The weight loss associated with this surgical procedure is more rapid than the gastric band and comparable to the gastric bypass procedure. Clinical studies suggest that sleeve gastrectomy patients lose and maintain about 55 to 60% percent of their excess body weight at 5 years.
The oldest and most popular bariatric surgery, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass works very well for patients who want to lose weight. With this approach, surgery is used to shrink the stomach into a small pouch and attach it to a piece of the small intestine. This procedure forces patients to eat less and limits the kind of food they can eat. Those who undergo this surgery lose an average of 65% of excess weight and over 80% of patients keep off at least 50% of initial excess weight lost. Eating better and exercising is very important after gastric bypass surgery.
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND)
In the United States, clinical trials indicate that patients lose and maintain an average of 58% of their excess weight at 5 years. It is important to remember that the LAP-BAND® System is an aid to support you in achieving lasting results by limiting food intake, reducing appetite and slowing digestion. However, for the ultimate success of the operation it is very important that you play an active part in the effort to lose weight and keep it off by adopting a different lifestyle and eating pattern for the rest of your life.