Are you a candidate for surgical weight loss?
The CoxHealth Bariatric and Metobolic Surgical Institute offers a comprehensive program using gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures.
If you’re considering surgical weight loss, talk to your primary care physician. They can provide you with information and support on your weight loss journey, and may be able to help you begin a medically supervised weight loss program. This step can be important to insurance eligibility for a surgical weight loss procedure. If needed, your doctor can also write the Letter of Medical Necessity that is sometimes required.
Procedures are elective and part of CoxHealth’s in-depth weight loss program, which includes the assistance of a registered dietitian. The registered dietitian works along with the interdisciplinary team to provide consistent pre- and post-operative care. The dietitian assists individuals on their journey to lose weight and maintain a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle through medical nutrition therapy, counseling, education and support during each stage of the program.
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How it works
CoxHealth offers three different methods for surgical weight loss - gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and the duodenal switch. Gastric bypass involves dividing the top of the stomach from the rest in order to create a smaller stomach pouch. This leads to smaller meals and rerouting the food stream produces changes in gut hormones that enhance feelings of fullness, suppress hunger and reverse one of the primary ways obesity can induce type 2 diabetes.
Sleeve gastrectomy is performed by removing approximately 80 percent of the stomach. This also creates a smaller stomach pouch that holds less food and leads to smaller meals. In addition, this procedure effects gut hormones that impact hunger, satiety and blood sugar control.
The duodenal switch is a procedure in which 70 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed, similar to the sleeve gastrectomy. In addition, approximately 65 to 75 percent of the small intestine is rerouted, similar to the gastric bypass. This procedure results in a significant decrease in calories and fat absorption.
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