Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, helps people with obesity who cannot lose weight through diet and exercise. It’s especially important to look into if you have severe health problems due to obesity. For more information on any weight loss surgery or procedure, contact Dr. Andrew Hargroder in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for a consultation.
Bariatric Surgery Q & A
What are the different types of bariatric surgery?
The most common types of bariatric surgery are:
- Gastric bypass
- Gastric sleeve
- Adjustable gastric band (lap-band)
- Duodenal switch
Each of these surgeries has advantages and disadvantages, and there are also many non-surgical options like the ReShape™ gastric balloon system or body contouring treatments like Sculpsure®. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hargroder to see what procedure works best for your needs.
Do people who get weight loss surgery regain their weight?
It’s a common misconception that most patients who have weight loss surgery relapse and regain the weight that came off with surgery. However, studies find that most weight loss surgery patients maintain successful weight loss in the long term.
Is weight loss surgery safe?
The chances of dying from weight loss surgery are meager, lower than many other operations such as gallbladder and hip replacement surgery.
Another way to think about risk aspects is whether it’s safer to remain obese. Many life-threatening conditions go along with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and more. Thus, weight loss surgery is a worthwhile consideration.
Will weight loss surgery present health problems caused by vitamin deficiencies?
While weight loss operations can cause certain deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, these can be avoided with the appropriate diet and the use of dietary supplements. That’s why Dr. Hargroder and his nutritionist give expert counseling on dietary supplements and needs and monitor you closely after surgery. Any health problems caused by nutrient deficiencies usually occur with patients who do not follow up with their doctors.
Which weight loss surgery or procedure is right for me?
It can be difficult to make a decision with this type of life-changing procedure. And because of the range of personalities, medical histories, and lifestyles, one weight loss procedure isn’t going to work for everyone. Even if you have a particular procedure in mind, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Hargroder, so he can assess your situation and determine the right one for you.
If you’ve exhausted your other options and diet and exercise aren’t enough, discuss your options with Dr. Hargroder today.
PO Box 82485 Baton Rouge, LA 70884-2485