More About Bariatric Surgery

WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU

When it comes to choosing which bariatric surgery option is best for you, we want to help you make an informed decision. Each bariatric operation has certain advantages and disadvantages compared to the others, but they are not all equally effective at weight loss or eliminating your obesity-related health problems. As a way of comparing the effectiveness of the bariatric operations, it is customary to compare the average percentage of excess weight that is lost and the likelihood of remission of comorbidities after each procedure. Check Surgical Options.

IT HAS TO BE LAPAROSCOPIC

At Phoenix Bariatric Center, all weight loss surgeries are performed laparoscopically. In laparoscopic bariatric surgery, the operation is accomplished using specialized surgical instruments inserted through a series of very small incisions along with the use of hi-definition video equipment. Because the incisions are small, patients have considerably reduced pain immediately after surgery. Less pain allows a smoother, shorter recovery with fewer complications, and earlier return to normal activities and work after you leave the hospital, compared to traditional “open” surgery through one very large incision.

OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY – YOUR SAFETY

In experienced hands, bariatric surgery is as safe or safer than many other commonly performed operations.

However, the health consequences of severe obesity can be complex. Therefore, we take extensive precautions to ensure your safe recovery. Despite this, on rare occasions, patients can develop complications after surgery, which we will recognize and treat with the expertise you will only find at a comprehensive bariatric surgery program.

Although bariatric surgery, like all medical and surgical treatments, has potential risks and complications, the disease of Severe Obesity itself has existing or potential health complications that will continue to dramatically affect your future if not effectively treated. For those suffering with Severe Obesity, the likelihood of achieving meaningful and sustained weight loss with non-surgical treatments is 5% or less! Therefore, for you, the health risk of not having bariatric surgery (and the continuation of your Severe Obesity) may be greater than the risk of having bariatric surgery.

LIFELONG SOLUTION

Bariatric surgery is the ONLY effective treatment for the vast majority of patients with the disease of Severe Obesity. However, we want you to not only lose weight after surgery, but remain free from obesity for the rest of your life. In order to accomplish this, the lifestyle changes you will adopt after surgery must continue after you have achieved a healthy weight. This includes proper eating habits, adequate protein intake, taking your vitamins every day and getting some exercise. If you do these things, you will not suffer from Severe Obesity again. In order that we may help you in this lifelong journey, please remain part of our family by coming back to see us yearly and attending our periodic Success Group meetings.

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Melissa

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“Even as I struggled for years with obesity, I wanted to be part of everything, but often felt that my weight prevented me from being included. I can honestly say I became disgusted with myself. I even hated looking at myself in the mirror. I felt like I had tried everything and nothing worked or was going to work. I felt hopeless.

Since my Gastric Bypass in September of 2011, I have lost 149 pounds and I feel like everything has changed. I love the ‘new’ me. I love to show off and I love looking at myself in the mirror. For the first time in years, I can enjoy the simplest things.

Finally, I know how life should be – happy and healthy. I wish I would have known about this amazing surgery much earlier in my life. For me, bariatric surgery has meant the end of my bitter battle with obesity.”

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