Choosing the right surgery
Bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic surgery, and follow up requires permanent changes in both eating behavior and lifestyle, in order to achieve good long-term results.
Surgical alternatives for weight loss
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery describes two basic methods used by bariatric surgery:
- 1. Purely restrictive procedures, which reduce gastric capacity, and thus reduce food intake.
- 2. Mixed procedures; which are restrictive in order to reduce gastric capacity, but also modify the absorption capacity.
All procedures are performed through laparoscopy, which is a minimally invasive surgical technique. It consists in the introduction of a small video camera through the abdominal wall. The camera is connected to a monitor, obtaining high-resolution images.
Laparoscopic surgery facilitates the patients’ recovery causing less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster return to daily activities. It has become the preferred technique in some areas of surgery and has been used in the surgical treatment of obesity for more than ten years.