Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery2022-01-10T15:49:45-05:00

There are many types of weight-loss surgery, known collectively as bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgical procedures make changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat or by reducing the absorption of nutrients, or both. Consider gastric bypass or other weight-loss surgeries if diet and exercise haven’t worked for you in the past or if you are having serious health problems because of your weight.

If this sounds like you, turn to the board-certified bariatric surgeons at Pardee Bariatrics and General Surgery for complete, surgical weight-loss care. From your first visit to lifelong follow-up services, you’ll have an expert team guiding you every step of the way. Trust the guidance of our surgeon, who performs hundreds of bariatric surgeries annually and has the experience to recommend the best procedure for you.

Are You a Candidate?

Enter your height and weight in the calculator and look at your Body Mass Index (BMI). You may qualify for weight-loss surgery if you have:

  • Body mass index (BMI) of 35–39.9, with a history of obesity-related conditions such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea

  • BMI of at least 40, regardless of any history of obesity-related diseases

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Bariatric Surgery Options

As part of our surgical preparation process, you’ll meet one-on-one with a bariatric surgeon to discuss your goals, health and treatment options. Trust the guidance of our surgeon Dr. Christopher Edwards, who has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries and has the experience to recommend the best procedure for you. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery) and all of our bariatric procedures will make your stomach smaller so you’ll feel full after eating less food. Consider one of these types of surgery:

Types of Weight-Loss Surgery

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass divides your stomach into a small pouch and a larger portion, and connects your small intestine directly to the pouch. One type of gastric bypass surgery is a Roux-En-Y gastric bypass.

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Duodenal Switch

The duodenal switch, also called biliopancreatic diversion, is a complex procedure that combines the vertical sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures. To do this, the surgeon removes about 80 percent of your stomach, just as in sleeve gastrectomy, but adds a second component where the stomach is connected directly to the last part of the small intestine.

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Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) removes about 80 percent of your stomach making your stomach into a slender tube reducing the amount of food you can eat.

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Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

Begin your journey by attending a free in-person informational seminar or watching a video seminar for an overview of the bariatric surgery process, treatment options and expected results. Choose the in-person seminar for an opportunity to meet the weight-loss surgeon and ask them questions and get answers.

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What You Need to Do

  • Information Session – We encourage everyone to attend our free information session and meet Dr. Christopher Edwards face to face. They are held every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:00PM-7:00PM at the YMCA in Arden/Fetcher. If this is not convenient for you, please click here to attend our video seminar.

  • Initial Consultation – Make a one-on-one appointment with a bariatric surgeon who will get to know you, your weight-loss challenges and goals, and your medical history. You’ll learn about whether you qualify for surgery.
  • Orientation/Nutrition Class – The Program Navigator and Registered Dietitian will provide you with a “Guide to Surgical Weight Loss” booklet. In this small-group setting, you will begin your journey with the tools and education to make better dietary and exercise choices. This class will also cover the preliminary steps to take that will lead you to surgery.
  • Program Fee – A non-refundable $495.00 program fee will need to be paid before the following steps are taken.

  • Program Visit – You will have a series of visits with Amelia Martin, PA-C, who will review your medical history, discuss program test results, make medication adjustments, and coordinate any further referrals before surgery.
  • Nutrition Visits – You will meet with Megan Greathouse, RD, LDN, for nutrition education, to set dietary and exercise goals, and learn about the pre-operative and post-operative diet regimens.
  • Referrals and Labs – Blood work will be drawn to check for any metabolic abnormalities that could be contributing to your weight, as well as any tobacco use, or vitamin deficiencies that need to be corrected.  You will need a recent sleep study, psychiatric evaluation, exercise evaluation, chest X-ray, and electrocardiogram (ECG). Your provider may recommend other referrals or testing to be completed before surgery such as a nuclear stress test or echocardiogram.
  • Operative Visit – Final visit with Dr. Edwards to set up surgery.
  • Prior Authorization – Your medical information will be submitted to your insurance carrier for prior-approval for surgery. Once the procedure has been approved, your surgery date will be determined.

Recovering after Bariatric Surgery

Partner with Pardee Bariatrics and General Surgery for support that helps you recover successfully after weight-loss surgery.  Attend all of your postoperative check-ups to maintain your progress and check on your health. These check-ups will be scheduled frequently the first year after surgery and then yearly thereafter.  We are committed to lifelong care at Pardee Bariatrics and General Surgery and are here to answer any questions you may have throughout your recovery period.

What You Need to Do

  • First Few Days – You’ll likely return home on the first or second day after bariatric surgery. Follow some additional guidelines to maximize your healing: Walk around your hospital room to stimulate circulation in your legs, practice deep breathing exercises to increase your oxygen intake, and don’t be alarmed if your bowel movements are unusual or irregular at first. Constipation or diarrhea are common side effects following surgery. Follow your surgeon’s guidelines on how to treat these at home and pick up any additional medications your surgeon recommends.
  • Activities to Avoid After Weight-Loss Surgery – You can return to most normal activities within a few months of weight-loss surgery but for the first two weeks after surgery, refrain from driving, tub bathing, returning to work, and sexual activity.
  • Body Changes to Expect – Most of the body changes you experience after bariatric surgery will decrease or pass altogether after a few days or months.
  • Measuring and Continuing Success – Expect to lose weight most quickly during the first year after bariatric surgery. Eventually, you’ll likely regain 5–10 percent of the weight you lost. Keeping your scheduled appointments after surgery is key to lifelong success.  You can also review our patient guidebook for specific instructions on how to handle the post-surgery time period. Sign up for classes for tips on improving your health before and after surgery and achieving the best outcome of treatment.