When you are struggling with severe obesity, losing weight can seem like
an impossible challenge. Those with severe obesity are 90 pounds or more
overweight or have a BMI of 35 or more. Those who struggle with weight
are also susceptible to many obesity-related health conditions.
Fortunately, there are ways to help lose weight safely and efficiently.
Dr. Julie Ellner, a bariatric surgeon, has put together the three best ways to reach a
Gastric Banding: Gastric banding (also referred to as Lap-Band) is one of the least invasive
treatments for morbid obesity. It induces weight loss by reducing the
capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be
comfortably consumed. During the procedure, surgeons implant an inflatable
silicone band into the patient’s abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the
band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach
pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. As a result,
patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness, making it easier
for patients to lose weight by consuming less food.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass: This minimally invasive surgical procedure is considered to be the most
advanced and most successful procedure for weight-loss surgery. In this
procedure, a small stomach pouch is created. The remainder of the stomach
is not removed, but is completely divided from the smaller stomach pouch.
The outlet from this newly formed stomach pouch is then connected directly
to the area where digestion takes place.
Diet and Exercise: Diet and exercise is always a recommended cure for patients who have
the mental drive to stick with it. Although this can be the most challenging
way for the severely obese to lose weight, the lifestyle change can be
both physically and emotionally rewarding. Working with a personal trainer
and nutritionist are a great way to ensure the weight-loss methods are
appropriate for each patient’s body.
Surgical Weight-Loss Program at Alvarado Hospital focuses on a multidisciplinary program to achieve their patient’s
weight loss goals. This includes follow-up care such as support groups
and counseling, as well was access to therapists and dieticians.
Alvarado offers free seminars and people can meet one-on-one with one of
Alvarado’s bariatric surgeons who will discuss the risks and benefits
of banding and bypass surgeries.