Our preferred laparascopic approach has many benefits. Less invasive, with less pain and a lower risk of scarring, laparascopic surgery also leads to a shorter hospital stay and recovery time.
Each bariatric procedure offers unique benefits and risks to the patient. Patient age, health status and preferences factor into the decision of which procedure is appropriate.
It is important that you understand the benefits, as well as the risks associated with the procedure you choose. As always, we encourage you to discuss your questions and concerns with your bariatric team.
The complications of gastric bypass are much less severe than those of intestinal bypass, and most large studies report complications in two phases: those which occur shortly after surgery, and those which take a longer time to develop.
Bariatric surgery leads to dramatic weight loss, which contributes to better health and a more active lifestyle. Unfortunately, the skin does not always maintain its elasticity (ability to stretch and retract back into shape after weight loss) resulting in loose, hanging skin. This excess skin can cause irritation, pain and infection. Some patients also notice that their weight loss is not evenly distributed throughout the body, leaving them with pockets of fat tissue, which can contribute to dissatisfaction with body appearance. For some, body contouring surgery can help.
No. Exercise and healthy eating, while critical to attaining and maintaining weight loss, have no effect on the development of uneven body contours, bulges or loose skin after dramatic weight loss. The amount of overall weight loss is the number one contributor to the development of these problems. Heredity and age also play a role.
Areas most often affected include the face, neck, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, thighs and buttocks. The type of procedures and body area addressed vary from patient to patient. The patient’s preferences, as well as realistic expectations, must be considered.
During a body contouring consultation, patients learn about the risks, benefits and alternatives to consider. The consultation involves a physical exam to determine your overall health and readiness to undergo a plastic surgery procedure, as well as an evaluation of your needs, preferences and expectations.
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