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Understanding Weight Loss Surgery

Understanding Weight Loss Surgery

Preventative Bariatric Surgery

For those struggling with weight-related health issues, bariatric surgery can be a viable treatment option. The health experts at St. John's Health are here to outline the different types of weight loss procedures and the benefits of this preventative procedure.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is a bariatric procedure that helps patients lose weight by altering how your stomach and intestines interact with the food being consumed. This is because, during this procedure, your surgical team will make your stomach smaller.

Your surgeon will divide your stomach into an upper section (pouch) and a lower section during the procedure. The food you eat will now only go to the pouch, which is then connected to the small intestine. Ultimately, this surgery will help you to feel full faster, leading to weight loss.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

During a sleeve gastrectomy, a large portion of the stomach is removed in order to facilitate weight loss. With your new, smaller stomach, you will also become full faster and ultimately lose weight. At the end of this procedure, your stomach will be about the size of a banana.

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is a health crisis affecting millions of Americans. While some people are able to lose weight on their own through lifestyle changes, others may not be able to due to physical limitations. This makes bariatric surgery and excellent choice for those who are morbidly obese to help them lose and keep off the excess weight.

Bariatric surgery can help to prevent the following weight-related health issues:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Arthritis
  • Acid reflux
  • Various types of cancer

Robotic Surgery in Jackson, Wilson, and Teton County

At St. John's Health, we are dedicated to providing ever-advancing individualized care. Our highly skilled surgeons use state-of-the-art robotics to assist with various surgeries in Jackson, WY. Robotics allows surgeons to be more precise, and carry out minimally invasive procedures that help patients to feel better, faster.

Some of the available robotic-assisted surgeries available at St. John's Health include:

  • Colorectal
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Endometriosis Resection
  • Benign Hysterectomy
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Prostate Surgery

Talk to your surgical care team today to discuss your robot-assisted surgery options at St. John's Health.