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Bariatric surgery is also known as bariatric and metabolic surgery. It is performed when diet and exercise have not worked or when you have serious health problems due to your weight. Offering many benefits, all forms of weight loss surgery are major procedures that require permanent healthy changes to your diet and regular exercise to ensure their long-term success.

WHAT IS IT ?

Bariatric surgery is performed to help you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of life-threatening weight-related health problems, including:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Arterial hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Etc.

WHO IS IT FOR ?

In general, weight loss surgery might be an option for you if:

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or more (extreme obesity).
  • Your BMI is between 35 and 39.9 (obesity) and you have a serious weight-related health problem
  • You agree to long-term follow-up after surgery, for example by changing your healthy lifestyle and undergoing regular check-ups

IMPORTANT NOTE : Weight Loss Surgery is not for everyone who is severely overweight. You will need to follow certain medical guidelines to be eligible for weight loss surgery. You will likely have a thorough screening process to see if you qualify.

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WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF THIS SURGERY?

There are several types of weight loss surgery.

The most common types are:

  • Gastric band– a band is placed around your stomach, so you don’t have to eat so much to feel full.
  • Gastric bypass– the upper part of your stomach is connected to the small intestine, so you feel full sooner.
  • Sleeve gastrectomy– part of your stomach is removed, so you can’t eat as much as you could before.

All of these operations can lead to significant weight loss within a few years.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THIS SURGERY?

If you are eligible for weight loss surgery, your surgeon will give you instructions so you can prepare for your surgery. You may need to undergo various lab tests and exams before surgery. You may also have restrictions on food and drink and on the medications you can take.

RECOVERY

Since there are several types of bariatric procedures, recovery can vary. Recovery time is longer if you have had part of your stomach or small intestine cut.

You will see your surgeon for a follow-up appointment within days of discharge from the hospital, and again every few weeks for several months.

CHANGE OF LIFESTYLE

After having weight loss surgery, you will need to commit to a healthy diet and exercise to maintain your weight loss and avoid malnutrition. Overeating can stretch the stomach and make it fat again, potentially negating the benefits of surgery.

IMPORTANT : Bariatric surgery is performed by visceralist surgeons outside the Renaissance Center. Any request for a quote must be addressed to the surgeons performing this surgery and not to the Renaissance Center.