Weight loss surgery in Englewood, Florida

Losing weight can be difficult and challenging. Our bariatric team at Englewood Community Hospital are proud to offer medical weight loss, endoscopic and surgical weight loss options known as Bariatric Surgery. We offer comprehensive support before, during and after your journey.

Candidates for bariatric surgery

There are several factors that may qualify you for bariatric surgery, including any one or more of the following:

  • You have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise
  • Your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 40
  • Your BMI is 35 to 39.9 and you have an obesity-related health condition, such as:
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Gastrointestinal disorder
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Sleep apnea
    • Type 2 diabetes

Candidates must follow a qualification process to be considered for weight loss surgery.

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Benefits of weight loss surgery

The results of weight loss surgery can improve your self-image and significantly improve your health. Some of the benefits of bariatric surgery include:

  • Enabling a more active lifestyle
  • Improving the quality of your life
  • Increasing energy
  • Reducing the risks of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, sleep apnea and other medical conditions.

Types of weight loss options we offer

Adjustable gastric banding

In this procedure, an adjustable, silicone band is fastened around the upper part of the stomach, creating a smaller stomach pouch. The band is connected to an access port below the skin. Through the port, the surgeon can adjust the size of the band by adding or removing saline to an inflatable balloon on the inner surface of the band. Because the band is adjustable, you and the surgeon can work together to customize the rate of weight-loss.

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy

Gastric Sleeve restricts the stomach by stapling it vertically, removing 85 percent of its capacity. With a smaller stomach, patients become full faster and intake less food. It is also felt that the hormones that control the appetite are created in a portion of the stomach that is removed, and by taking out that portion of the stomach, the patient’s appetite is reduced.

Gastric bypass (laparoscopic)

Gastric bypass, also referred to as Roux-en-Y, restricts food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. In addition to creating a smaller stomach pouch, the surgery changes the body's normal digestive process. As a result, food bypasses a large part of the stomach and most of the small intestine.

Revisions

While many individuals experience long term weight loss with their first bariatric (weight loss) surgery, some do not. There are several reasons for weight gain but the most common one related to gastric bypass (RNY) is enlargement of your stomach and outlet that leads to the bowel. We now have a non-surgical option to help you regain control. A non-invasive procedure can be performed endoscopically using a flexible scope through the mouth the same way as a standard outpatient scope procedure. Through this scope, a specialized devise will be used to place sutures around your stomach outlet with the goal of reducing the size back to its original postoperative state. .

Balloon endoscopy

The endoscopic gastric balloon procedure is a nonsurgical bariatric option for you if you have a BMI between 30 and 40. This procedure is a temporary technique in which a balloon is placed in the stomach to occupy space, helping the patient feel fuller quicker. The balloon is placed endoscopically with the same type of endoscope that is used to look at a stomach when assessing for reflux disease, so is much less invasive than surgery. Patients typically come into the hospital or endoscopy suite, have it placed and go home the same day.

Once the balloon is placed, it is removed six months later. Individuals on the average lose about 35 pounds with the device in place, with a combination of the device, dietary counseling and an exercise program.

Minimally invasive bariatric surgery techniques

Robotic surgery uses robotic technology to perform surgical procedures. These minimally invasive procedures usually require fewer and much smaller incisions, which means less scarring, faster recovery times and less pain for you. The robotic system gives our surgeons enhanced visualization, greater dexterity, increased precision and better control of surgical instruments.

Diet and life after bariatric surgery

Weight loss surgery is a tool to help patients lose weight. After bariatric surgery, the patient must adhere to diet and lifestyle changes to achieve successful, sustained weight loss. A weight loss specialist or dietitian will create a program personalized to each patient.