Bariatric surgery may be an option for those who are very obese and have unsuccessfully tried to lose weight through diet and exercise. Bariatric surgeries work in two ways:
- By limiting the amount of food you can eat. Restriction ensures that you feel satisfied with less food.
- By limiting the number of calories and nutrients your body can absorb. During malabsorptive procedures like Roux en Y gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon reroutes the small intestine so that fewer calories and nutrients are absorbed.
St. Francis Weight Loss Surgery in Greenville, SC is conveniently located near Spartanburg, Anderson, and areas throughout the Upstate, South Carolina region. Our experienced team works with each patient to determine if they are a qualified bariatric surgery candidate, and then customizes a surgical approach that best fits his or her needs. Our center has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Types of Surgery
Weight loss surgery is not cosmetic surgery and does not surgically remove fat. It works in conjunction with long-term lifestyle changes, including drastic changes in diet and a commitment to exercise. The two types of bariatric surgery we perform are:
Typically, bariatric surgery procedures are performed laparoscopically, which means smaller scars and a faster recovery time. If necessary, these surgeries can be performed open, meaning the bariatric surgeon creates a long incision to open the abdomen and operating with traditional medical instruments. For some patients, the laparoscopic technique cannot be used due to dense scar tissue from prior abdominal surgery.
Generally, the hospital stay is 2 nights. Your bariatric surgeon will help you decide which bariatric surgery procedure is right for you.
Attend a Free Seminar in Greenville, SC
To learn more about bariatric surgery, we invite you to attend a free orientation seminar at St. Francis.