Bariatric surgery describes a series of operations on the gastrointestinal system that helps obese persons lose weight. It works either by restricting the patient’s amount of food intake, by altering the body’s ability to absorb ingested food, or both.
The first gastric bypass was performed in 1969. However, this and other bariatric surgeries didn’t gain popularity until the bariatric revolution in the early 2000s, as the procedure got safer and more surgeons offered laparoscopic options that would allow for a faster recovery and leave fewer scars.
After these procedures, patients note not only a dramatic reduction in weight, but also resolution of other obesity-related conditions, including gastric reflux, obstructive sleep apnea, joint and back problems, fatty liver disease, and some forms of asthma and diabetes.
One exciting procedure is the Gastric Sleeve; Florida Gastric Sleeve Surgeon Dr Kahlil Shillingford has had great overall success in treating obese patients with this procedure. Postoperatively patients have done well with minimal complications and had great weight loss success.
Gastric Sleeve Procedure: Weight loss is achieved by making the stomach physically smaller, so one would require less food in order to feel satisfied. The surgeon would separate the stomach – removing at least 85% of its original volume. The remaining stomach is shaped like a thin banana, which measures 2-5 ounces. Studies have shown that patients lose 45-50% of excess weight after this procedure.
Call today to make a consultation with Bariatric Surgeon Dr Kahlil Shillingford and his team of healthcare professionals pre and post operatively. Dr Shillingford’s office is located in Palm Beach County, South Florida near the Florida Turnpike and I 95 for easy access to patients travelling from a distance.