Is weight-loss surgery right for you?
Bariatric surgery is designed to help people lose and keep off large amounts of weight to improve health and quality of life. Being severely overweight increases the risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea, cancer, and depression.
You may qualify for bariatric surgery at Community Hospital if you have:
- Body mass index (BMI) between 35 and 40 and two severe, obesity-related illnesses, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, joint disease requiring joint replacement, or heart disease
- Body mass index higher than 40
- Tried to lose weight without success
The first step is to attend an informational seminar, held monthly in Monterey and Salinas. Register to attend a free informational seminar here.
Community Hospital offers the two minimally invasive (laproscopic) weight-loss procedures found to be the safest and most effective:
- Gastric bypass
- Vertical sleeve gastrectomy
What is gastric bypass surgery?
In gastric bypass, the stomach is divided into two parts — an upper pouch about the size of a thumb, and the lower part, which contains well over 95 percent of the volume of the stomach. The small intestine is then divided and brought up to the small pouch so that food goes directly from the esophagus through the tiny gastric pouch and into the small intestine, bypassing the stomach. Because food does not enter the main part of the stomach, people generally can’t eat as much as quickly as they once did. There are also hormonal changes that probably help feelings of hunger go away more quickly once you start to eat. There appear to be some unique hormonal changes with a gastric bypass that may help treat type 2 diabetes, as well.
What is vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery?
In vertical sleeve gastrectomy, approximately 80 percent of the stomach is removed. This part of the stomach generally stores food after meals. Because the storage part of the stomach is removed, sleeve gastrectomy patients cannot eat as much as quickly at one time, contributing to weight loss. Food enters the small intestine more quickly, which may help hunger go away more quickly after eating, and there are hormonal changes that may also diminish hunger.