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Weight Loss Frustrations and Solutions

If you have been struggling with your weight for a long time and have tried many techniques to shed the pounds, however, instead of shedding, the pounds keep adding up. Sadly, you have become obese over time. It has been extremely disappointing and frustrating to keep trying to lose the weight.

Just to clarify, if your BMI is 25 to 29.9, you’re overweight but not obese. A BMI of 30 or more is in the obese range.

How Obesity Can Affect Your Health?

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Joint problems caused by extra weight
  • Trouble breathing, including sleep apnea, in which you briefly stop breathing while you’re asleep
  • Gallstones


Bariatric Surgery

The surgical treatment of obesity (bariatric surgery) is the most rapidly growing area of surgical practice today. This reflects both the ability of bariatric surgical procedures to provide a solution to an otherwise insoluble problem and the evolution of safer, less invasive procedures. Today there are essentially three procedures in use: laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and biliopancreatic diversion. This surgery provides to obese people who want to eradicate their weight challenges for good.


Many bariatric surgery patients who have significant weight loss experience:

  1. Improved overall quality of life
  2. Improved physical functioning and appearance
  3. Improved social and economic opportunities

Studies found that gastric bypass:

  1. Resolved type 2 diabetes in 83.8% of patients and often resolved the disease within days of surgery
  2. Resolved high blood pressure in 75.4% of patients
  3. Improved high cholesterol in 95% of patients

Here are the solutions:

Intragastric balloons


Intragastric balloons in conjunction with a supervised diet and behavior modification program can help you achieve the health and aesthetic benefits associated with weight loss. More than 17 years of experience with intragastric balloons have reported modest successful weight loss and patient satisfaction.

Yet, current intragastric balloons have not received worldwide acclaim nor have they gained popularity. The reason is twofold: Current balloons are not adjustable and lose their effect after 3 months; and current balloons must be removed at 6 months.

Adjustable Gastric Banding

gastric_img_27The gastric band facilitates weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach to restrict food intake. A small pouch is created at the top of the stomach using an adjustable gastric band to delay food from reaching the larger section of the stomach. The band can be tightened or loosened over time to assist patients in achieving optimal weight loss. Patients with a gastric band usually cannot eat as much as those who undergo gastric bypass surgery. Additionally, the adjustable gastric band is reversible, but like all bariatric surgical options, this procedure should be considered a permanent solution.

Gastric banding surgery usually takes about one to two hours to perform. Most patients stay overnight for observation. If you live more than 90 minutes from the office, you will be required to stay in the area for a 14-day period (unless otherwise directed by your surgeon).

Gastric Sleeve Resection

surgical_row4_imgThe gastric sleeve procedure permanently alters the size of your stomach by removing about 85% of the lower portion of the stomach, creating a thin, vertical sleeve – about the size and shape of a small banana.

The gastric sleeve procedure usually takes a little more than an hour to perform. Patients typically stay at the hospital for one to two days following surgery for observation during their recovery.