Weight Loss Surgery
Are you interested in a long term, durable weight loss solution? Is your Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35? Use this BMI calculator to check. Have you tried unsuccessful attempts at weight loss with diet change or other medical treatments? You are very likely a candidate for weight loss surgery, now available here in Santa Cruz County.
Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is achieved by either restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold or causing malabsorption of nutrients. There are a few different bariatric surgery procedures. As experience grows over time and long term results become available, there is a growing trend towards a low risk, highly successful, and minimally invasive procedure called the SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY (SG). Currently, more than 75% of all weight loss surgeries in the US are performed with a sleeve gastrectomy.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) describes sleeve gastrectomy with the following summary conclusion: "Substantial comparative and long-term data have now been published in peer-reviewed studies demonstrating durable weight loss, improved medical co-morbidities, long-term patient satisfaction, and improved quality of life after SG. The ASMBS therefore recognizes SG as an acceptable option as a primary bariatric procedure and as a ﬁrst-stage procedure in high-risk patients as a part of a planned staged approach."
There are undisputed health benefits for patients after weight reduction, with improvement or resolution of more than 40 obesity-related diseases or conditions. This includes type II diabetes, sleep apnea, GERD, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Please call our office or request a referral from your primary care physician for an initial consultation.