Weight-Loss Surgery Options
Weight-loss surgery has been around for more than 50 years, and in that time, has evolved in terms of procedures offered and the way that they are performed. We want to help you choose from the weight loss surgery options to decide what is best for you. We’re committed to helping you before, during and after surgery.
In this section of our Website, we describe the different weight loss surgery procedures available. But before you get your heart set on a particular solution, please discuss your medical history and challenges with your bariatric surgeon. Our bariatric surgeons have nearly 50 years of combined experience. Your goals will be a key factor in deciding which operation is right for you, and we want to help you with choosing the best path. The final decision on which procedure type will be made by both you and your surgeon.
Bariatric vs. Metabolic Surgery
Bariatric and metabolic surgery both use the same procedures, but for different purposes. Bariatric surgery has come to mean a loss in weight (such as when a patient has a goal to lose weight for personal reasons), as where metabolic surgery has come to mean a loss in weight to correct or improve current health problems such as diabetes, cardiac disease, or infertility.
The different procedures will result in different degrees of weight loss, and will have different rates of success on different diseases.
Open vs. Laparoscopic Surgery
Open Weight-Loss Surgery
“Open” procedures are when the surgeon makes a large incision, and then separates the skin and performs surgery looking down into the open body cavity. This method requires a longer recovery period, causes more pain and usually requires a longer hospital stay.
Laparoscopic Weight-Loss Surgery
Laparoscopic or “closed” procedures are when the surgeon uses laparoscopic equipment inside the body, and the surgical view is on monitors. This method is proven to decrease infections, shorten hospital stays, and decrease the pain associated with surgery. As of 2012, all new bariatric surgeries performed at Fresno Bariatrics have been completed laparoscopically.
At Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital, our average patient stay is one night…patients are up walking the same evening as surgery, and some return to non-strenuous work within two weeks!
More Information about our weight-loss surgery procedures
To learn more about the weight loss surgery options at Fresno Bariatrics, register for one of our upcoming seminars in Fresno, California or click here to view an online seminar.