Bariatric Surgery: The Solution to the Obesity Epidemic
Obesity rates continue to rise to epic proportions around the world. Now considered a global health epidemic, the disease is a major risk factor for serious medical problems, many of which can be fatal — heart disease, stroke and cancer are just a few chronic illnesses linked to obesity.
Despite the fact that obesity is recognized as a public health concern, many still struggle to make the lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight, without gaining it back. If you can relate, you’re not alone — evidence shows that people who battle obesity have a more difficult time maintaining weight loss through conventional routes such as diet, exercise and commercial weight-loss programs.
At Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics, we understand that old habits die hard. If you’re like many of our patients, you may feel trapped in an endless cycle of weight gain. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: Bariatric surgery is a safe, effective solution for long-term weight loss.
What is Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery?
Bariatric surgical procedures promote weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. In a video interview, Dr. Ragui Sadek, Director of Bariatric Surgery at Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics, described some of the weight loss procedures available at our state-of-the-art facilities in New Jersey.
“Now in the world of weight loss metabolic surgery, we have different procedures that are offered. Some of them are non-invasive, namely the gastric balloon, the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, or the accordion procedure,” said Dr. Sadek.
Minimally invasive weight loss procedures are performed laparoscopically, without making any large incisions. Procedures typically take about forty-five minutes to an hour, with quick recovery times.
Short recovery times and patient comfort are a top priority at Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics. We’re one of the first practices to implement The Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery (ERABS) Protocol, an extensive process for ensuring each patient receives the quality care they deserve before, during and after bariatric surgery.
The Benefits of Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
The overall benefit of bariatric or weight loss metabolic surgery is that it allows the patient to be in control. This is a sharp contrast to life without bariatric surgery, where patients who struggle with obesity are typically living under a strict diet and exercise regime.
“Instead of the patient working all the time to try to control themselves by either dieting or exercise, we just give the patient a tool to control their eating habits,” said Dr. Sadek.
Bariatric surgery produces significant long-term weight loss — it’s not unusual for patients to lose 60-80% of excess weight after surgery. In addition to improved quality of life, other benefits of bariatric surgery include:
- Increased energy levels
- Reduced dependence on medication
- Improved mobility
- Less back pain
- Better quality of sleep
Ready to explore long-term weight loss through bariatric surgery? At Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics of New Jersey, our highly skilled, compassionate staff is here to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Contact us to schedule your bariatric consultation today!