Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
If you’ve tried exercise and diet programs with little success, bariatric surgery may be an option. Most people experience rapid weight loss within the first 18 to 24 months of having the surgery.
What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric sugery involves making changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight. Some types of this surgery make the stomach smaller. Other types of this surgery also change the connection between your stomach and intestines.
Who qualifies for bariatric surgery?
You may be a eligible for this type of procedure if you are:
- Have 100 pounds or more to lose
- Have a BMI at least 40 or higher
- Have a BMI of 35 and at least one other medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Have tried and failed at other weight loss attempts.
What are the weight loss surgery options?
If you’re considering weight loss surgery, our Delaware surgeons host free virtual seminars to walk you through the types of bariatric surgery including:
The surgeon removes more than half of your stomach, leaving a thin vertical sleeve, or tube.
The surgeon uses a small part of your stomach to create a smaller stomach. This is connected to the middle part of the small intestine. As a result, food skips (bypasses) the rest of the stomach and part of the small intestine.
What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?
Weight loss surgery can help to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other life-threatening conditions. Research shows that patients live longer after weight loss surgery.
What should I do if I’m interested in having bariatric surgery at ChristianaCare?
Get your questions answered by our surgeons at our free virtual seminars. After you attend a seminar, schedule a personalized consultation by calling 302-320-4175. Our doctors and staff will help you to make an informed decision about whether surgery is right for you.