Weight loss surgery in Las Vegas
Obesity can negatively affect a person's health, leading to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke.
For those who are more than 80 to 100 pounds above their ideal body weight and can't lose weight by other means, weight loss or bariatric surgery can help. It can increase a patient’s chances at a longer, healthier life, improve mobility and give a person more energy. It is not a cosmetic procedure but an educated surgical decision to improve their health.
At MountainView Hospital, we offer patients access to expert bariatric surgeons with extensive experience in weight loss surgery to help those with this life-threatening disease. With advancements in weight loss surgery, patients can enjoy a better quality of life and eliminate many health conditions associated with obesity.
Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
Many factors determine if you’re a candidate for weight loss surgery, including:
- Being 18 years old or older
- Weighing 100 pounds or more over your ideal body weight
- Having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or have a BMI of 35 or higher with associated health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea
- Being unable to sustain a healthy body weight, even through medically supervised dieting
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
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How weight loss surgery works
There are two primary approaches to bariatric surgery: restrictive and malabsorptive.
A restrictive procedure decreases the amount of food a person eats so they feel full faster. Restrictive procedures reduce the amount of food that a person can consume; however, they do not alter the digestion of food.
Malabsorptive procedures change the digestive process of food by surgically altering the small intestine. As a result, the amount of time food spends in the digestive tract and the time calories have to be absorbed decreases.
Sometimes doctors may perform a procedure that combines both approaches.
Types of bariatric surgery we offer
MountainView offers three different procedures using laparoscopic or minimally invasive robotic surgery methods.
With a gastric sleeve or gastrectomy sleeve, doctors create a stomach “sleeve" about the size of a banana to reduce the size of the stomach. This procedure results in weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach holds.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
This procedure effectively reduces the stomach size and connects it to the small intestine. Rapid weight loss is the result as it allows for less food consumption and calorie absorption.
During a gastric banding operation, surgeons place a band around the outside of the upper stomach. The tightening or loosening of the band controls the rate food travels from the upper to the lower stomach. It helps regulate the amount of food a person consumes to feel satisfied.