Fairfield County Bariatrics: How Do They Work?
No one likes to think of themselves as morbidly obese. Unfortunately, the United States has the highest rate of morbidly obese citizens.
One in three adults has a BMI over 30. The numbers are continuing to increase.
Luckily, there's something that can be done. Fairfield County Bariatrics can help. You don't have to struggle with your health and your weight anymore.
While bariatric surgery sounds complicated, it has evolved over the last 15 years. It's now become part of a multidisciplinary program.
Don't wait for a miracle. It's already here.
We can help.
Here's what to expect if you're thinking of getting bariatric surgery performed.
What is Bariatric Surgery?
When you come to Fairfield County Bariatrics it's because you've tried dieting on your own. It hasn't worked.
You may even find that dieting results in you gaining more weight than you were before you tried to diet. It's an endless cycle that wreaks havoc on your body, mind, and spirit.
But you can end the cycle for good.
At Fairfield County Bariatrics we offer three types of weight-loss surgery to our patients. Let's go over each one.
Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass
This is the most popular type of bypass surgery in the world. It's known as the "gold standard".
90% of people who elect to undergo this type of surgery find it successful. Success is defined by the patients losing over 50% of their body weight.
Most people find they lose the major of the weight within the first two years.
At Fairfield County Bariatrics, surgeons reduce the stomach by over 90%. While malabsorption does occur because the intestines have been reconstructed, it's only a moderate amount.
It aids in weight loss but will not result in malnutrition. Over time, it's believed that the body compensates and finds a way to absorb nutrients from your food.
After surgery, most people's bodies can no longer tolerate sweets and starches. This aids in making positive changes to your diet.
However, if you cheat, you may end up with nausea, sweating, and diarrhea.
This is known as dumping.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
At Fairfield County Bariatrics, we place a band just below where the stomach and esophagus meet. The band creates balloons which are injected with saline.
The band restricts the amount of food that can be comfortably passed through the digestive system. There is no problem with malabsorption or dumping with this type of surgery.
The band is adjusted to fit each patient individually. The results are less dramatic than with gastric bypass surgery with only 50% of patients seeing a 50% reduction in weight loss.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
When the VSG is performed at Fairfield County Bariatrics, it's done by cutting away about 75-85% of your stomach. This creates a thin tube that's about the size of a banana.
While this surgery is less invasive, it's also the newest. For this reason, not as many health insurance companies cover this type of surgery.
75% of patients notice a reduction in hunger. This is in comparison to 90% of patients who enjoy a reduction in hunger after bypass surgery.
Weight loss ranges from 35-85%. Long-term results are not currently known as it's still too new.
It's also important to note that while it's considered safer than bypass, it's also the only procedure that's irreversible.
The Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
There are many benefits to having surgery performed at Fairfield County Bariatrics. Of course, immediate weight loss is one of them.
But the weight is also kept off in the long term. Over 90% are able to keep off at least 50% of their body weight over the length of their lives.
This is great news since this type of weight loss also experiences a lower possibility of mortality. If a patient suffered from diabetes prior to surgery, they now enjoy a 90% lower rate of mortality.
There's a 50% reduction in mortality for those who have heart disease prior to surgery.
But this type of surgery helps improve a lot more than just heart disease and diabetes. It's also known to aid in improving sleep apnea, asthma and other breathing disorders, arthritis, and even urinary stress incontinence.
Quality of Life Improvements
While having your physical health improve greatly is huge, there are more improvements that are associated with surgery.
Your quality of life vastly improves. You'll be able to socialize more, get out more, and you'll notice your self-esteem improve.
But that's not all, many people find their ability to function sexually is also increased.
Who Else is Involved Besides the Surgeons
Surgery at Fairfield County Bariatrics is just one part of the equation. We have a whole team of professionals here to support and assist you every step of the way.
You'll also visit with a dietician to help you learn how to eat a healthier diet.
It will help you maintain a healthy weight.
But eating healthier foods is also directly associated with improved mental health, too.
A psychologist can help you understand the emotions that led to overeating in the first place.
Also, surgery is a huge step. You'll want to talk to someone about your fears and expectations to make the process easier for you.
We also have team members to help you with your insurance questions. We want to help you get the most out of your insurance coverage so you're not left with a huge bill.
Excess Skin After Surgery
The most common question we're asked is about excess skin. Yes, anyone who has these types of surgery will have some excess skin to deal with.
How much extra skin depends on how much weight was lost. However, it should be noted that most excess skin is not noticeable until 50% or more of the weight has been lost.
There are other issues that may arise after surgery. We recommend you read our FAQ page carefully. We're also happy to answer any additional questions or concerns you may have.
Why You Should Choose Fairfield County Bariatrics
We're a team of dedicated professionals who want to see our nation become happier and healthier. Bariatric surgery can help with that.
Our patients see a higher quality of life. You can too.
Contact us today to learn more.