How Effective is Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery?

We Are One of the Nation’s FIRST Bariatric Centers of Excellence, & the FIRST in Northern Nevada

Research and experience have made bariatric surgery a highly effective method to reduce excess weight. With the procedures available through Western Bariatric Institute, most patients experience improvement or complete resolution of their health co-morbidities and lose an average of 69% – 82% of excess weight over the course of 12-54 months (WebMD).

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Weight loss surgery should be treated as a platform from which patients can make lifelong changes to their dietary and exercise habits. Each procedure has its own pros and cons and should be discussed fully with your surgeon. It is imperative for patients to have an in-depth understanding of the procedures prior to surgery.

The procedures that the surgeons at Western Bariatric Institute perform are:

1. Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB)

2. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

3. Adjustable Gastric Banding

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is recommended.

The Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure that involves removing 85% or more of the stomach without re-routing the intestines.

With this procedure, restriction of the stomach is accomplished by dividing, stapling and removing more than 85% of the existing stomach. The remaining part of the stomach is long and narrow, much like a shirt sleeve. Since the intestines are not touched, the functioning of the stomach remains the same meaning that the nutritional elements of food can still be absorbed, but the volume of food that can be eaten is drastically reduced.

Western Bariatric Institute offers this procedure to patients who meet the criteria established by the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Patients are considered candidates if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 and suffer from any health condition related to obesity or have a BMI over 40. To learn more, please watch our online seminar or attend a live webinar.