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What Is the Safest Bariatric Procedure?

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on July 31st, 2020 in Weight Loss

Every year, over 250,000 overweight and obese people undergo bariatric surgery in the hope of gradually losing their excess body weight in the United States. There are multiple weight loss procedures which can be performed by medical specialists, depending on the severity and complexity of the case, as well as on the health of the patient, as numerous people who struggle with excess body weight also have problems such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease. The mortality rate for bariatric surgery is 0,1%, which makes these procedures some of the safest to undergo. Nevertheless, minimally invasive bariatric procedures, such as the adjustable gastric band surgery and gastric plication, are the safest, as they do not involve the resection of the stomach or any permanent changes to the digestive system. If you decide to undergo bariatric surgery, only a medical expert will be able to tell you which procedure is the right one for you and, considering that all weight loss surgeries are safe, you should not worry about postoperative complications. Furthermore, after you undergo a bariatric procedure, a team of medical professionals will regularly monitor your health for several days in the hospital to ensure you do not develop any serious health complications, which are rare.

The Benefits of the Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure

As a minimally invasive bariatric surgery, adjustable gastric band entails the surgeon placing a soft silicone ring around your stomach, which will divide the organ in two, by making several tiny incisions in your abdomen. Thereby, the food you ingest will only reach the upper portion of your stomach initially, which will have 20% to 25% of the volume of your entire stomach. Afterward, the food will slowly move down to the other portion of your stomach, where it will mix with acid and enzymes and will eventually be digested. The primary benefit of this procedure is the fact that you will feel full after eating a small meal, which will reduce your desire to ingest more food. Slowly but surely, you will lose weight, which occurs in over 80% of people who undergo the adjustable gastric band procedure. However, to ensure weight loss, you will also need to follow a strict diet and exercise plan.

The adjustable gastric band procedure is the third most common bariatric surgery in the country. To qualify for this procedure, your body mass index must be at least 40 or, if you struggle with health problems as a result of your obesity, at least 30. The following are some of the most noteworthy benefits of the adjustable gastric band surgery:

  • a fast recovery
  • improvement of health problems caused by obesity
  • no loss of nutrients absorption
  • a higher quality of life
  • gradual weight loss
  • reduced risk of infection following the procedure
  • the ability to adjust the band without surgery
  • less pain after the surgery
  • no intestinal rerouting
  • reduced time spent in the hospital
  • no dumping syndrome
  • approved for use during pregnancy

The duration of this procedure is 1 to 2 hours, depending on the severity of your case, whereas the recovery time is approximately one week. You will also be able to return to work within one week and full recovery is achieved within 2 weeks following the adjustable gastric band procedure.

Gastric Plication, Another Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery

During gastric plication, which is a minimally invasive bariatric surgery, the surgeon will use a special folding and stitching technique to reduce the volume of your stomach without resecting it. The new stomach will have a capacity of 3 ounces. Unlike the adjustable gastric band procedure, no foreign objects will be placed along your digestive tract and the procedure is reversible. While you will lose weight more slowly if you undergo it, gastric plication is one of the safest bariatric surgeries at the moment. However, with a good diet and exercise plan, weight loss is bound to occur over the years. Some of the benefits of gastric plication are the following:

  • performed laparoscopically
  • a rapid recovery
  • no foreign objects in your body
  • less time spent in the hospital
  • no rerouting of intestines
  • adjustments will not be necessary

The duration of the procedure ranges between 40 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of your case. You will be able to return to work within 10 days following gastric plication, as the procedure is minimally invasive. The number of nights you will have to spend in the hospital is 2.

Which Bariatric Procedure Should I Undergo?

The most effective and suitable bariatric surgery for you will be determined by a medical specialist after a thorough examination, as they are the only professionals who can tell you with certainty which weight loss procedure is right for you. There are many factors at play when deciding which bariatric surgery is best for you, such as your current weight, whether you struggle with health problems as a consequence of obesity, your age, as well as your body mass index. If you would like to know more about bariatric surgery or if you already decided to undergo a procedure, please feel free to contact Marina del Rey Hospital and our medical professionals will gladly answer all your questions and address all your concern. They will eventually ask you to come to our hospital for a complete evaluation of your health to decide which bariatric surgery would work best for you.