Is Surgery Right for Me?

Why Weight Loss Surgery?

adobe download readerIf you’re overweight and have struggled to lose weight and keep it off, there are many reasons to consider weight loss surgery.

Perhaps diabetes is something people in your family have learned to accept. Now is the time to fight against common health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and joint disease. Now is the time to gain confidence in yourself and solve some of your health problems, as well as head off some you may not have yet.

Carrying excess weight puts you at risk for numerous health problems. They may not show up for several years, but eventually extra weight may cause:

  • Arthritis
  • Breathing problems
  • Chronic headaches
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Reflux
  • Sleep apnea

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?

Weight loss surgery isn’t right for everyone, but it is a very helpful tool for many who have struggled with losing weight and keeping it off.

You may want to consider surgery if:

  • You are 80 to 100 pounds overweight or have a BMI* of 40 or higher.
  • You have a BMI of 35 or higher AND weight-related conditions like Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, joint disease or sleep apnea.
  • You understand and accept your eating habits must change after surgery.
  • You want to make the necessary lifestyle changes.

What is BMI*?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and it is a tool to measure mass based on your weight in relation to your height. Your BMI can help gauge your risk of certain diseases that can occur in people who have a higher percentage of body mass. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk may be. A BMI of 40 is about 80 to 100 pounds over “normal” weight.

What Types of Bariatric Surgery are Offered?

See a comparison of the different bariatric surgeries offered.

We offer three types of bariatric surgery. If, as a team, we determine that surgery is an option for you, there are three types of procedures available. All are done laparoscopically unless we determine that an open incision is safest for you.

Sleeve Gastrectomy: This type of surgery removes up to two-thirds of the stomach and the result is a long, narrow “sleeve” that is secured by surgical staples. This surgery provides early satiety or ‘full feeling’ by limiting the amount of food and liquid you can consume at one time resulting in weight loss.

Gastric Bypass, also known as Roux-en-Y: This surgery reduces the size of the stomach and bypasses some of your small intestine. This limits the amount of food and liquid you can consume, and weight loss is furthered by limiting the nutrients your body absorbs.

Duodenal Switch: This surgery is a combination of the gastric sleeve and the gastric bypass but with fewer food restrictions because the pyloric valve is preserved.

Bariatric Revision Surgery: If you have had complications from a gastric band or ring or from a previous bariatric procedure, make an appointment to discuss how Dr. Harnisch and Dr. Thomas can help you. They are highly trained and experienced at helping those who have had problems with previous bariatric surgery.

All weight loss surgery patients are followed closely by our staff. We see you at two weeks, four weeks, three months, six months and then annually after surgery, and we’re always available if a problem arises.

*Bariatrics Body Mass Index (BMI) criteria: This surgery is designed for those with a BMI equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks.