Surgical Weight Loss

For patients whose weight limits their mobility and everyday activity, bariatric, or weight loss surgery can change lives. Bariatric surgery is often the appropriate weight loss option for those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 35. Surgical weight loss options typically result in quick and dramatic weight loss among patients, and significantly reduces obesity-related health issues, such as diabetes.
 
The Emory Bariatric Center is nationally accredited as a Level 1 Center of Excellence by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network of the American College of Surgeons. That means our weight loss surgery patients can expect thorough pre-operative support and education, world-class weight loss surgeons operating in a top-notch facility, and effective post-operative monitoring and follow-up. Three surgical weight loss options are available for our patients:

Gastric Bypass
The gastric bypass surgical weight loss option reduces stomach size and diverts the passage of food through the small intestine to limit digestion, leaving patients feeling full after eating less. In addition, food that is consumed has less opportunity to be absorbed because of the re-routing of the small intestine. Most gastric bypass patients lose approximately two-thirds of their excess body weight within two years.

Gastric Banding
Gastric banding is a minimally-invasive weight loss procedure in which doctors place an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of the patient’s stomach to reduce stomach size. Patients feel full more quickly and, as a result, eat less. This type of weight loss surgery is reversible when medically indicated.

Sleeve Gastrectomy
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is a surgical weight loss option in which doctors permanently remove approximately 75% of the patient’s stomach. The remaining, smaller stomach is reshaped into the form of a sleeve. Patients experience normal digestion and report feeling full more quickly and having less hunger.

Weight loss surgery does involve some risks and may not be appropriate for all patients. But in combination with lifestyle changes and other bariatric treatment options, such as consultations with nutritionists and wellness coaching, bariatric surgery can lead to substantial long-term weight loss. For patients who need to follow a medically supervised weight loss program or lose weight before bariatric surgery, Emory Bariatric Center offers programs to fit your needs.

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