Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is a severe medical condition that can lead to life threatening complications if left untreated. Many people that struggle with obesity have a great deal of difficulty losing weight.

Excess weight often develops as a result of lifelong habits surrounding dietary and exercise habits. For many overweight individuals obesity is a problem that emerges early in life, even during childhood. In addition to lifestyle habits, obesity is also influenced by other factors such as your family history, type of work that you do daily, your race and even the environment that you live in.

Weight loss surgery helps many severely overweight and obese individuals to finally lose weight. There are several different types of bariatric surgery available. Dr. Bass will help you to determine which type of surgery is best for you. There are two main types of bariatric surgery:

  • Restrictive: This type of procedure makes your stomach smaller either by removing a portion of the stomach or utilizing a gastric band. This process helps encourage weight loss by limiting the amount of food that you can consume and also helps you to remain full for longer between meals.
  • Malabsorptive: This type of bariatric procedure interrupts the digestive process by shortening the small intestine. This type of procedure also involves re-routing the small intestine and changing where it connects to the stomach. This limits the amount of food that can be digested.

Several types of bariatric procedures combine the malabsorptive surgery with restrictive measures for optimal results.

Criteria for Weight Loss Surgery

Eligibility for weight loss surgery depends on a number of factors. Generally, patients with a BMI over 35 are eligible for a bariatric procedure.

If your BMI is less than 35 and you suffer from an obesity related illness such as type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea or other conditions, then you may be able to undergo obesity surgery with a BMI over 30. Before undergoing bariatric surgery many physicians will require that you have tried losing weight on your own first without success. If you have had weight loss surgery in the past and have regained the weight, Dr. Bass also offers the Rose revision procedure to help re-start your weight loss.

Dr. Bass offers several different types of both restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss procedures to patients in Naples and Ft. Myers, Florida, including:

If you would like to learn more about weight loss surgery, or to find out if Bariatric surgery is an option for you, then contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bass.

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