Everything You Need to Know About Bariatric Surgery

Traditional diet and exercise methods can provide inconsistent and sometimes short-lived results, but there is one solution to obesity that you can always count on: bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is an effective weight-loss procedure that is proven to help people lose weight and keep it off.

Cooper University Health Care’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center has long been serving residents of South Jersey, the Delaware Valley, and beyond. If you’re looking to learn about bariatric surgery, you’ve come to the right place!

When Is It Time for Bariatric Surgery?

You know your body better than anyone else can, and only you can know for certain when diet and exercise aren’t working. Likewise, only you can know when obesity is beginning to affect your life in important ways.

Numerous health problems stem from severe obesity, including:

Left unchecked, problems such as these can cause challenges and discomfort and can greatly detract from your quality of life. However, many of these issues are either greatly reduced or completely resolved after bariatric surgery.

Reclaiming your good health after surgery can change your entire outlook on life. If you’re ready for a positive change, the time may have come.

Are There Different Types of Bariatric Surgery?

Once you’ve decided that surgery is the right option for you, there are numerous bariatric procedures available. Our team is well versed in two of the most popular and most effective types.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB)

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is a procedure in which the size of your stomach is reduced, typically to about the size of an egg. Patients often lose 50% to 75% of excess weight in the first year and a half after the procedure.

Although this procedure provides big results, it is performed with minimally invasive techniques, which may be why it’s one of the most common weight-loss procedures in the country.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)

Another popular weight loss surgery is vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or VSG. With this procedure, a substantial portion of the stomach is removed completely. Although the stomach has a reduced capacity to hold food, it functions just as it did before.

Although this procedure does not alter the way food passes through or is processed by your body, it can help you lose 50% to 60% of your excess weight over the next few years.

How Can Weight-Loss Surgery Benefit You?

With recent medical advancements as well as the knowledge and experience of our team, weight-loss surgery typically yields big results without a lengthy or challenging recovery. Our team has achieved low complication rates that expertly best national averages.

These minimally invasive procedures are followed by conscientious post-op care. Our surgeons and advance practice nurses are here to help you through the aftercare, ensuring that you can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible. The big difference, however, is that you’ll be able to tackle that routine better than you could before, thanks to your newly reclaimed health.

Discover Which Weight-Loss Procedure Is Right for You

When it is time to choose the best weight-loss procedure for your lifestyle and needs, Cooper University Health Care’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center is here to help. Our large team of experts has performed nearly 2,000 weight-loss procedures, and we’ll be happy to help you next.

If you’re ready to reclaim your health, make an appointment online today!

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