Why Weight Loss Surgery?

When considering surgical weight loss, it’s important to understand the benefits. For starters, excess weight is associated with other health problems. Extra pounds don’t only add to the numbers on the scale, they also add health complications. Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, depression and other ailments. Fortunately, weight loss can help keep these heath issues at bay.

What’s more, excess weight might make it difficult to participate in weight loss methods such as running or high intensity workouts due to the strain it puts on your joints and body. Because of this, many opt to jumpstart their weight loss through bariatric or robotic weight loss surgery. Another popular weight loss surgery choice is gastric bypass surgery. The short explanation for the why of this surgery can be explained by the mathematical equation: smaller stomach = smaller food intake.

Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of the patient’s stomach to a small pouch, roughly the size of an egg. This is accomplished by stapling off a small section of the stomach, therefore reducing the amount of food intake the stomach can handle at mealtime. Afterwards, in order to rebuild the new digestive system, the surgeon proceeds to attach the “new stomach” (the small pouch) directly to the small intestine. This serves as a way for food to bypass the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine. The purpose of this is to reduce the amount of fat and calories the body can absorb from food, furthering enabling weight loss.

Dr. Diego Velarde performs the gastric bypass surgery through laparoscopic and robotic technology. As a result, the risk of the surgery is lowered and the recovery time is lessened. Remember, a big start sets you up for an easier weight loss journey. Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute, located in Merritt Island, offers multiple types of weight loss surgeries. Among these, gastric bypass surgery is a popular choice. If you are in Melbourne, Viera, Cocoa, or anywhere in Brevard County and are interested in our surgery program, call us to schedule a consultation.