Risks of Being Overweight
Weight loss can be beneficial for your overall health. Obesity and being overweight is a major risk factor for various conditions. Some of the most problematic include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea.
Being overweight causes extra strain on your heart and can lead to high blood pressure. In turn, high blood pressure causes damage to your arteries and leads to heart disease.
People that are overweight or obese are also at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes struggle with life-disrupting complications. Type 2 diabetes is when the body is unable to regulate and use sugar as fuel. It is caused by insulin resistance.
There is a linear correlation between obesity and obstructive sleep apnea, according to the National Library of Medicine. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start while you are asleep. This disrupts your sleep cycle and wakes you up throughout the night. Restful sleep becomes impossible and causes severe drowsiness, irritability and concentration difficulty in the daytime.
Weight management can help you avoid these and other health complications. A weight-loss doctor can help you develop a plan to lose weight through healthy eating and physical activity. However, sometimes you need extra help.
Weight-Loss Surgery Options
Manatee Physician Alliance and the Manatee Weight Loss Center provide several options to help obese people successfully obtain a healthy weight. If you qualify for weight-loss surgery, you and your bariatric surgeon can discuss which procedure is right for you.
The Lap-Band procedure is the least invasive bariatric procedure we have available. This procedure places an adjustable band on the upper part of your stomach. It creates a smaller pouch that holds food. This limits the amount of food your stomach can hold. As a result, you will feel full after eating a smaller amount of food than usual.
With this system, you will eat less food, and therefore less calories, without affecting the absorption of nutrients. This minimally invasive approach consists of minimal scarring and shortened hospital length of stay.
Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy
A sleeve gastrectomy, commonly known as a gastric sleeve surgery, is a procedure that removes about 60 to 80 percent of the stomach. Since the size of the stomach becomes smaller, you will feel full after eating a small meal. As a result, you consume fewer calories.
The procedure is now less invasive with the help of robot technology. The robotic-assisted surgery gives surgeons better visibility and increases precision. The surgeons make small incisions which reduces scarring and shortens hospital length of stay.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
A laparoscopic gastric bypass is a procedure that creates a small pouch from the top of the stomach. The pouch is then attached to the small intestine. The procedure will help you feel full while eating less.
Surgeons at Manatee Weight Loss Center can perform a gastric bypass as a laparoscopic surgery. Compared to open gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive approach. It minimizes scarring and shortens your length of stay at the hospital.
*Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if minimally invasive or robotic surgery is right for you.