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Weight Loss Surgery for a Healthier You

We get it - losing weight isn't always easy. Maybe you've been trying to get rid of those extra pounds for year. But they won't budge. Diet, exercise and other methods can help some people maintain a healthy weight. For others though, weight loss surgery (also called bariatric surgery) may be the best option against obesity.

West Jefferson Bariatric Surgery

Here at the Center for Surgical Weight Loss (CSWL) at West Jefferson Medical Center, our krewe is ready to share the love—with the weight loss tools you need to succeed. We know that achieving long-term weight loss isn’t one-size-fits-all. So, your weight loss plan shouldn’t be either. Our team of bariatric surgeons, behavioral health specialists, dietitians, and nurse practitioners works together to create a weight loss plan that’s unique to you and your goals.

To learn more about weight loss surgery, call 504.349.6860

We offer the best weight loss surgery options to help you lead a healthier lifestyle. And we’re proudly accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. But we don’t stop there. Our weight loss program also provides the following:

  • Counseling on nutrition, emotional health, and exercise
  • Education
  • Psychoeducational therapies
  • Support groups
  • Support before and after your surgical procedure

We’d love to work with you to change your life forever.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is the term used to refer to different types of weight loss surgery. It’s a treatment option for those who struggle with obesity. During bariatric surgery, a bariatric surgeon changes the size of the stomach or the small intestine.

Studies have shown that weight loss surgery and lifestyle changes lead to better, longer-lasting weight loss compared to lifestyle changes alone.

What are bariatric surgery requirements?

Bariatric surgery is for people who struggle with obesity. To measure obesity, we use Body Mass Index (BMI). It calculates a score based on your height and weight:

  • BMI < 18.5 = Underweight
  • BMI 18.5–24.9 = Normal
  • BMI 25–29.9 = Overweight
  • BMI 30–34.9 = Obese
  • BMI > 35 = Extremely obese

People who qualify for bariatric surgery usually are in the extremely obese category. They also haven’t had long-term success with other weight loss methods.

What are the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery?

The main benefit of bariatric surgery is that it can help with obesity and related conditions. More than one in three adults in the U.S. suffers from obesity. Extra body fat increases your risk for health issues like heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, diabetes, sleep apnea, and cancer.

Weight loss surgery can help improve or even prevent some of these conditions. And in some patients, it can add 10–15 years of life.

Bariatric surgery is safer than some common procedures like knee replacement or gall bladder surgery. But it does come with some risks. Your care team will talk through all possible risks with you before your procedure. Risks may include infection, bleeding, dehydration, or malnutrition.

You’ll meet with your bariatric surgeon many times before your procedure to make sure it’s safe for you. You’ll also have extensive follow-up, so you recover safely.

What are the types of weight loss surgery at West Jefferson?

At the CSWL at West Jefferson Medical Center, we offer the best surgical options to help you lead a healthier lifestyle. You can get two types of weight loss surgery: gastric bypass and gastric sleeve (vertical sleeve gastrectomy).

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Learn more by calling 504.349.6860

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