Bariatric Surgeries

Obesity is a disease that can affect every single part of your life. If you’re obese, everything is harder. You feel like the world is against you. You feel stuck.

But you don’t have to stay stuck. If you’ve tried diet and exercise and you still can’t lose weight, Dr. Dirk can help. Weight loss surgery, also known as “bariatric surgery,” can change your body and your life. Obesity is a medical condition that changes your body and doesn’t let it work efficiently! Surgery plus good nutrition and exercise can help get rid of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, acid reflux, joint pain and high cholesterol. Surgery helps your body work effectively again and makes good nutrition and exercise work for you!

Dr. Dirk knows that the most important thing is your health — losing weight is just a great side effect. Being healthy will change your entire life, not just your pant size!

How Bariatric Surgery Works

Obesity surgery works by reducing how much you’re able to eat. That sounds easy enough, but if you’ve ever tried dieting, you know it’s not.

Dr. Dirk uses minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic arm surgeries for all of his weight loss procedures. That means that he makes the smallest cuts possible, so your scars will be tiny and you’ll recover faster.

Different kinds of weight loss surgeries work in different ways. Some take part of your stomach out, while others put an object around your stomach. All of them will make you feel fuller faster. Don’t worry, you won’t feel hungry all the time. You’ll just eat less.

Weight loss surgery changes the way your body works, so your bad hormones drop and your good hormones increase. When this happens, good diet and exercise become more effective. That’s why nutrition is so important. You can’t just eat less — you also have to eat better.

After surgery, you have to eat the right foods, and you have to exercise. The No. 1 reason weight loss surgery fails is because people fall back on bad eating habits. Changing your habits is very, very hard, but you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Dr. Dirk will help you with your nutrition and exercise plan. He’ll be there every step of the way, before and after your surgery.

Read on for more information about the surgeries Dr. Dirk offers.

Dr. Dirk’s surgery options:

The Gastric Balloon

The gastric balloon is a soft balloon filled with saline (salt water). It is placed endoscopically, which means Dr. Dirk inserts the deflated balloon through your mouth and into your stomach. Don’t worry, you’ll be asleep and it doesn’t hurt! After the balloon is inserted, it’s filled up with about 20 ounces of fluid until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. It fills up your stomach a little bit, so there’s less space for food. That means you’ll eat less and get that full feeling faster.

This surgery is different from the others because it is temporary. The FDA has only approved the balloon to be in your body for 6 months. The balloon is usually only inside of you for six months. It doesn’t change your hormones like other obesity surgeries. A lot of people get this surgery option so they can lose weight to qualify for other weight loss surgeries, like the gastric sleeve. It’s also good for people with a BMI between 30 and 40.

Even though this surgery is temporary, it can still be really good for you long term. If you stick to the healthy diet and exercise plan Dr. Dirk gives you, you can keep losing weight even after you get the balloon removed. If you don’t stick to the plan, you might gain the weight back. This surgery is very low-risk and good for a larger group of people, but it still requires a lot of self-control.

The gastric balloon surgery (and removal) only takes about 15 minutes. Because there are no cuts, the recovery is very fast.

The Lap Band

Lap-Band surgery places a rubber band around your stomach, separating it into a smaller top part and a larger bottom part. This makes you eat much slower, because it’s harder for the food to get from the top to the bottom of your stomach.

Dr. Dirk does not recommend this surgery. It makes you feel full faster, but that’s the only thing it does. It doesn’t change your hormones. It doesn’t change your metabolism. With good diet and exercise, it’s supposed to help you lose 50 percent of your excess weight in two years. But unfortunately, that’s just not really true.

The Lap-Band has an 80 percent failure rate, which means 80 percent of people don’t lose the weight they need to and don’t get healthier. Plus, it has a 20-30 percent “complication rate,” which means you might need a second or third surgery. It is reversible, but that means a lot of people go back to the way they were before: unhealthy and unhappy.

The Lap-Band is not usually the best option, but you can still talk about it (and all your options) with Dr. Dirk. We’re here to make sure you’re successful!

The Gastric Bypass

This operation divides your stomach into two separate parts. The new top part of your stomach is smaller. It receives the food and passes it to your small intestine, which carries the food throughout your body. The food “bypasses” the bigger, bottom part of your stomach, so it never gets any food. That’s what makes your hormones change and your metabolism speed up.

On average, people lose between 70-75 percent of their excess weight in one year after having gastric bypass. If you’re 100 pounds overweight, imagine losing 75 pounds in one year! More importantly, this surgery will help you get healthy. Some patients with diabetes even leave the hospital without diabetes! It just disappears. Imagine if you didn’t have to worry about your high blood pressure anymore, or wear a sleep mask at night for your sleep apnea.

You might have heard some bad things about this surgery, but Dr. Dirk considers it the gold standard of weight loss. That’s because it forces you to change your eating habits. If you eat too much, or if you eat foods that aren’t good for you, the bypass will cause pain, nausea and even vomiting. This process is called “dumping.” It feels terrible, but it really works. If you need help controlling both what you eat and how much you eat, this surgery may be for you.

The surgery takes between 1.5 and 2 hours, and you’ll be asleep the entire time. With our advanced technology, you could go home the very same day or the next morning.

The Gastric Sleeve

The gastric sleeve operation actually removes about 70 percent of your stomach to make you feel full faster. It turns your stomach into a long, skinny “sleeve,” which takes away your appetite, hunger and cravings.

Once your stomach is smaller, you won’t be able to eat very much at once. Dr. Dirk’s most successful patients eat six to 10 small meals throughout the day. This makes your metabolism speed up so your good hormones get going. If you have good diet and exercise, you can lose up to 65 percent of your excess body weight in one year after having gastric sleeve surgery. If you are 100 pounds overweight, imagine how great you will feel if you lose 65 pounds in one year!

This is a good middle-of-the-road surgery. It helps you make good food choices, but it doesn’t put an object inside your body. Even though it is called a sleeve, there is no foreign body put inside you. That way, you’ll learn good habits and lose weight, but you won’t have to come back to the office for adjustments.

Dr. Dirk has been performing this surgery for more than 10 years, and it works very well for weight loss. Plus, it’s been shown to help get rid of diabetes and other diseases.

The surgery only takes about an hour, and you can go home the very same day. For up to three weeks, you’ll be on an all-liquid diet. After that, when your stomach is fully healed, you’ll start your new, healthy diet and exercise plan!

Working With Dr. Dirk

This might seem like a lot of information, but you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Dr. Dirk will work with you to choose the best surgery for you. He’ll create a diet and exercise plan just for you, so you’ll have everything you need to get going. You won’t be alone!

If you’re ready to start living a healthier life, call Dr. Dirk’s office today.

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