The term “Bariatric” refers to the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Bariatric surgical procedures alter the digestive system to help people with severe weight-related health problems lose weight.
The type of bariatric surgery procedure used is dependent upon the individual’s medical history and current medical condition. The bariatric surgeon considers the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure and determines which one is most appropriate. An Evansville Surgical Associates surgeon can offer minimally-invasive laparoscopic gastric by-pass or lap banding to patients who have been carefully screened. This approach offers smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery.
What to Expect
When you decide to have bariatric surgery, you will first go through a screening process to determine the best approach. You will then be fully-informed about the entire process, including pre-surgery, preparation, the actual procedure, and post-operative care. Often people feel that once the surgery is done, there is nothing further they need to do. The surgeon, along with specially-trained nurses and psychologists, will stress the importance of committing to more than just the surgery. The operation alone does not lead to successful weight-loss. It is a valuable tool that needs to be accompanied by changes in diet and exercise to fully work.
For a couple of days after surgery, you’ll be put on a liquid diet, and after that you’ll progress to pureed and soft foods for several months before you begin eating normal food. This is done to acclimate your body to digesting food through your smaller stomach.
Fruits and vegetables may not be your favorite foods, but they need to become an integral part of your new diet since they carry many of the nutrients your body needs.
A Team Approach
When patients are approved for bariatric surgery, they are evaluated and cared for post-operatively in one of two Bariatric Centers at either Deaconess Hospital or St. Mary’s Hospital. The team includes specially-trained nurses, psychologists and internal medicine/family practice physicians.