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Surgical and non surgical weight loss options

We think you’re perfect just as you are. But if you’re someone who struggles with obesity and the associated health complications and is seeking medical solutions, we can help.

We’re dedicated to providing you with the latest treatment options to assist you on your weight loss journey. We offer both surgical and nonsurgical approaches to weight loss and customize care to meet your unique needs and goals.

Get started today! Call the Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery Center at 504.988.2274 to schedule an appointment. If you prefer we contact you, complete this form to request a call back or communicate via email.

Surgical weight loss options

Bariatric surgery is the general term for all weight loss surgeries. At East Jefferson General Hospital, our bariatric surgeons are experienced in a variety of techniques, ranging from minimally invasive methods to higher-risk procedures for people who have severe obesity.

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy

The most popular bariatric procedure is vertical sleeve gastrectomy. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laparoscopic camera and five small incisions (cuts) in the abdomen. It takes less than an hour to perform and usually only requires an overnight stay in the hospital.

During the procedure, the surgeon removes a large portion of your stomach. The new, smaller stomach is about the size of a banana, which limits the amount of food you can eat at once and helps you feel fuller after smaller meals.

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is popular because it’s very safe and produces excellent results.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Like vertical sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y bypass surgery is performed laparoscopically. But it’s slightly more complicated and takes about two hours to complete. The typical recovery time is two days in the hospital.

During Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, a small part of the stomach is used to create a new stomach pouch roughly the size of an orange. This new, smaller stomach bypasses part of the small intestine. This causes you to feel fuller faster and you won’t be able to eat as much food at one time.

The benefits of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery are clear: You’ll lose more weight and have a better chance of resolving comorbidities such as diabetes and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, there are risks — specifically, an increased risk of complications from surgery that do not exist with the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. These may include internal hernias, gastric ulcers, and vitamin deficiencies.

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch is a high-risk surgery that may be appropriate for people who are extremely obese (BMI of 50 or higher) and haven’t been able to lose weight any other way.

This procedure is essentially a combination of a gastric bypass and a sleeve gastrectomy. It changes the normal digestion process by making the stomach much smaller and allowing food to bypass part of the small intestine. With this diversion, you absorb fewer calories and macronutrients such as carbohydrates and fats from the foods you eat, helping you lose even more weight than with gastric bypass alone.

The procedure generally takes two-to-three hours to complete and requires five to six incisions (cuts) in the abdomen. The typical recovery time is two nights in the hospital. It’s a highly effective weight loss method when you commit to a healthy diet and active lifestyle after surgery. However, because of its complexity, the procedure is associated with a higher risk of postoperative complications.

Surgical revisions

Sometimes, bariatric surgery isn’t successful, for one reason or another. If this is your experience, you may be a candidate for a bariatric revision.

We specialize in revision surgeries for weight regain after sleeve gastrectomy and after gastric bypass. Because these procedures aren’t one-size-fits-all, it’s best to meet with our bariatric team to discuss the best treatment option and approach for you.

Gastric balloons

In this less invasive, temporary procedure, a silicone balloon filled with saline is placed in your stomach and left in place for six months, creating the sensation that you’re full. After six months, the balloon is removed.

This isn’t a permanent solution. Surgeons are still learning the long-term weight loss associated with these procedures, but it is an option available at East Jefferson to discuss with your doctor.

Non surgical weight loss approaches

If nonsurgical solutions are what you’re seeking, we’ve got you covered.

After meeting with our board-certified obesity specialists and registered dieticians, we’ll create a personalized plan for your exact weight loss goals. Your plan may include any of the following components:

  • Customized diet plan to fit your food preferences, lifestyle, and goals.
  • Individualized exercise plan.
  • Medications to aid in weight loss.
  • Nutritional counseling.
  • Review of current medical conditions and medications that may be contributing to obesity.

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