What You Need To Know About
Weight loss surgery should be viewed first and foremost as a way to alleviate debilitating, chronic disease. If you have an excess 100 pounds above your ideal body weight or a Body Mass Index of 40 or greater you qualify for bariatric surgery. A procedure is also indicated for someone with a BMI of 35 or higher, if the patient also suffers from obesity-related health conditions. Surgery, non-surgical procedures (such as ESG or Gastric Balloon) or supervised weight loss programs, may be options for patients with a lower BMI who struggle to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.
Bariatric Surgery Options
- Gastric Sleeve This weight loss procedure, also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy or VSG, involves surgical removal of 75 to 80% of the stomach in order to help patients feel full with less food. Gastric sleeve surgery can be very effective for patients who are seeking to lose significant weight, as well as patients with obesity related health conditions. Gastric sleeve surgery may improve or resolve Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and hypertension.
- Gastric Bypass Also known as Roux-en-Y surgery, this weight loss surgery is both restrictive and malabsorptive, meaning that it restricts the amount of food a patient can eat and also changes how nutrients are digested. Gastric bypass typically allows patients to lose up to 80% of excess weight and can also improve or reverse Type 2 diabetes.
- Gastric Banding or the LAP-BAND® procedure, is a bariatric surgery in which a band is placed around the stomach to restrict food intake. It can help patients lose weight by enabling them to feel full with less food. The band is adjustable so it can be customized for each patient, and it is removable if needed.
- Weight Loss Surgery Revision A revision procedure may be an option for patients who have had bariatric surgery, but are not happy with the results, have experienced weight regain or have problems with their previous procedure. Bariatric revision procedures include gastric band to gastric sleeve conversion, Transoral Gastric Outlet Reduction (TORe) for endoscopic revision of gastric bypass, and more.
- Robotic Weight Loss Procedures Alabama Surgical Associates utilizes advanced technology for optimal results. Learn more about the benefits of robot assistance for general and bariatric surgery.
Non-Surgical Weight Loss Options
- Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) ESG is an innovative weight loss procedure that requires no incisions because it is is performed endoscopically, which means the doctor uses an endoscope to access the stomach. The stomach is folded and sutured internally to restrict food intake, but no part of the stomach is removed.
- Gastric Balloon This non-surgical procedure is designed to help patients who are seeking to lose around 30 lbs, making it a possible option for patients with a BMI that is too low for surgery. Silicone balloons are placed in the stomach to take up space and reduce appetite for up to six months while helping patients learn healthy lifestyle habits. We offer both types of gastric balloons – ORBERA® and the swallowable Obalon® balloon.
- Medical Weight Loss Our medical weight loss program may be used in conjunction with a bariatric procedure, or as a standalone treatment. Our team of weight loss specialists includes registered dietitians who work closely with patients to guide them in healthier choices. Prescription medications may also be recommended for non-surgical weight loss.
Why Choose Alabama Surgical Associates for Weight Loss Treatment?
Experience and Expertise
At ASA, we have been helping patients with obesity achieve sustained weight loss and lifestyle changes since 1998. Dr. Darrell Doucette has extensive training and experience in minimally invasive weight loss procedures, as well as acid reflux treatment and general surgery.
To meet the needs of our patients from across the region, we have partnered with the Bariatric Wellness Institute, Crestwood Hospital, and Huntsville Hospital. At these institutions, our board certified surgeon offer industry-leading expertise as well as the support and encouragement you need for long-term success.
We understand the frustrations you may have faced with previous weight loss attempts, and we honor the courage it takes to commit to a major lifestyle change. We don’t offer one-size-fits all solutions; we work with each patient to find the treatment plan that works best for their individual needs and goals.
Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
How Do I Know Which Procedure Is Right For Me?
Many patients spend time researching procedures before their consultation appointment. Even if you have done this, Dr. Doucette will take the time to discuss the benefits and potential side effects of bariatric surgery and then discuss your medical history and weight loss goals in order to help you determine which procedure may be best for you. We offer a full spectrum of options to fit the needs of each patient.
Is Bariatric Surgery Covered by Insurance?
Many insurance plans do cover bariatric surgery. We know that it can be difficult to understand the details of insurance coverage, so we offer a free insurance check to help you determine if your health insurance plan may cover procedures such as gastric sleeve or gastric bypass. Some weight loss procedures, such as the ESG and gastric balloon, are not covered by health insurance.
How Much Does Bariatric Surgery Cost?
Alabama Surgical Associates offers some of the best self-pay pricing for patients without health insurance, as well as those who choose to self-pay in order to streamline the process and avoid the prerequisites that insurance companies may impose. View our pricing for bariatric surgery and non-surgical weight loss procedures. We also partner with independent medical lenders to provide payment options to fit a variety of budgets.
What are the health benefits of bariatric surgery?
Potential benefits of bariatric surgery may include:
- Improvement of Type 2 Diabetes and sleep apnea
- Reduction of high blood pressure
- Improved hormone regulation
- Relief from joint pain
- Increased ability to perform physical activities
Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?
Any surgery carries some risk, and you should always discuss medical procedures with your doctor and carefully consider your options. That said, bariatric surgery is widely regarded as being very safe, with a 99.9% survival rate that is comparable to many routine procedures.1
If a patient suffers from life-threatening obesity related conditions, bariatric surgery could vastly improve health outcomes. One clinical study showed that patients with morbid obesity who had bariatric surgery were 89% less likely to die within 5 years than those who did not have bariatric surgery.2
What Results Can I Expect After Bariatric Surgery?
Your results will depend on your individual health, the type of surgery you have, and your level of commitment to healthier habits. In general, patients lose significant weight and the majority maintain their weight loss. Our patients also often report an improved quality of life, with more energy and confidence.
Begin Your Weight Loss Journey
Get started on the path towards successful weight loss by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Doucette. For more information about your weight loss options, please contact our office, call us at (256) 880-1977 or submit an inquiry through our contact form.