Bariatric surgery - surgery
for weight loss - has helped many people with serious weight-related problems
look and feel better. This life-altering surgery also helps reduce serious
health risks associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure, heart
disease and type 2 diabetes. If you are considering the procedure, the
hospital's bariatric surgery team can help you explore all of your options and
make the choice that is best for you.
While there are several
types of bariatric procedures, most surgeons only offer one or two. The Center
for Weight Loss Surgery (CWLS) at Wood County Hospital offers a total of four
laparoscopic and open bariatric surgical procedures. The most common procedures
include the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the Laparoscopic Gastric Adjustable
Band. In addition to these procedures CWLS offers the Sleeve
Gastrectomy and the Biliopancreatic Diversion with a Duodenal Switch (BPDDS).
Surgical revisions for previous surgeries are also performed for patients who
qualify medically. Additionally, the program offers a non-surgical, medically
supervised weight management program for those individuals who do not qualify
for the surgery.
Bariatric surgery is not
"one size fits all." There is no specific procedure that is best for
every patient. Factors that impact the choice of procedure include the
patient's age, current state of health, current weight and desired outcome.
Other factors, such as a desire to get pregnant, and the ability to begin and
maintain an exercise regimen, must be considered.