The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center is proud to offer patients safe, state-of-the-art weight loss surgery. When a patient comes to our practice, we carefully consider all of the treatment options available and how it can benefit them.
Right now, we'd like to consider different types of bariatric surgery and how we help patients make the right choice for their health and wellness needs.
There are three general kinds of weight loss surgery procedures based on the mechanism for weight loss. They are as follows.
Malabsorptive Weight Loss Surgeries – These kinds of weight loss surgeries limit the amount of calories that are absorbed into the body during the digestion process.
Restrictive Weight Loss Surgeries – These kinds of weight loss surgeries limit the amount of food (and hence calories) that can be consumed in one sitting.
Mixed Malabsorptive/Restrictive Weight Loss Surgeries – These kinds of weight loss surgeries combine the principles of malabsorptive and restrictive bariatric procedures.
In terms of surgeries themselves, there are three very popular bariatric procedures that you may have heard of in the news or in doing cursory research online. They are as follows:
Gastric Bypass Surgery – Gastric bypass surgery involves a change in the size of the stomach as well as rerouting part of the digestive tract so that some of the small intestine is bypassed. This is a combined malabsorptive and restrictive weight loss procedure.
Gastric Band Surgery – Gastric band surgery uses an adjustable silicone band to cinch part of the stomach and make it smaller. This is a restrictive form of weight loss surgery.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery – Gastric sleeve surgery involves a surgical resizing of the stomach, removing part of the stomach so that it is smaller. This is a restrictive weight loss procedure.
There are other kinds of weight loss procedures available, though they are generally variations on the three surgeries noted above.
When deciding which bariatric procedure would be best for you and your needs, it's important to consider your body mass index and what your pressing health needs are. People who are morbidly obese and have a significant risk of certain obesity-related conditions may be better suited to certain surgeries than others. It's important that each surgery is tailored carefully to the patient to achieve the best results.
In addition to noting current health needs, we will also be sure to consider your medical history and how each procedure may affect your digestive tract. Sometimes an event in your life or a medical condition you experience may make some procedures a better option than others.
As the proper surgery for you and your needs is narrowed down, we'll be sure to cover all of the potential risks and benefits of each procedure. We'll also provide information on the nature of the surgery and what can be expected as patients recover. These kinds of details can be helpful in letting patients make the best choices given their needs, and in providing realistic expectations about what a surgery can achieve in the end.
Obviously we encourage patients to ask questions and voice concerns. This is how we're able to help patients make an empowered choice on their own. This is your health and your future we're discussing, and we want to make sure you're involved in any decision throughout the treatment process.
To learn more about bariatric surgery and which procedure may be most ideal for you and your needs, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center will work with you to ensure you make the best choices about your future wellness.