Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery
How Effective is Surgery
The effectiveness of weight loss surgery depends on several factors, and in general is defined as achieving loss of 50% or more of excess body weight and maintaining that level for at least five years.
How Surgery Reduces Weight?
Today, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery describes two basic approaches that weight loss surgery takes to achieve change: restrictive procedures or malabsorptive procedures.
Risk of Surgery
Surgery should not be considered until you and your doctor have evaluated all other options. As with all surgeries, there are risks associated with this procedure.
The Gastrointestinal Tract
To better understand how weight loss surgery works, it is important to understand how your gastrointestinal tract functions.
Weight Loss Surgery Option
At Boston Medical Center, we offer three types of weight loss surgery, the gastric bypass, the adjustable gastric band and the vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
In Massachusetts, insurance coverage for weight loss surgery is widespread, but it can require a lengthy and complicated approval process. The best chance for obtaining approval for insurance coverage comes from working together with your surgeon and other experts.
Prep for Surgery
Weight loss surgery is like other major surgeries. The best preparation is to understand the risks and potential benefits and to closely follow your doctor's instructions.
The Hospital Stay
Most patients stay in the hospital approximately one to three days depending on the type of surgery.
Life After Surgery
The following identifies areas that will be important for patients to follow after weight loss surgery: Diet, Going Back to Work, Birth Control & Pregnancy, Long-Term Follow-Up, and Support Groups.