What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

Each of the procedures available at Blossom Bariatrics are capable of delivering phenomenal results. Generally speaking, our clients will lose approximately 50 percent of their excess body weight during the first six to 12 months following treatment. In all cases, however, success is highly dependent on a client’s adherence to the postoperative instructions and lifestyle changes suggested by Dr. Tom and the staff.

What’s the Recovery Timeframe?

Recovery time associated with bariatric surgery is generally minimal. The majority of clients are able to return to work within one to two weeks following surgery. Commonly, clients travel to Las Vegas, have the surgery on Friday and return home early the following day or two later. During the first two weeks, clients may be asked to follow a strict liquid diet in order to allow the stomach to heal and then slowly progress from soft to solid foods.

How Does Bariatric Surgery Work?

There are two basic ways that bariatric surgery works to help clients lose weight and improve or resolve co-morbidities: (1) malabsorption and (2) restriction. One common bariatric surgery performed today is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, which uses both methods.
Both malabsorptions and restriction procedures are considered highly effective and relatively safe. However, in some cases revision bariatric surgery might be necessary to adjust the gastric band or enhance the results of gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Umbach is highly experienced in performing revision bariatric surgery.

Restriction

Procedures that use restriction limit the amount of food clients can eat. This is accomplished surgically by creating a small stomach pouch. When eating, the pouch fills quickly and gives a feeling of fullness much sooner. Because clients feel satisfied and full sooner, they eat less.

Restriction type bariatric surgeries include Gastric Sleeve and Adjustable Gastric Banding.

Malabsorption

Procedures that use malabsorption change the body’s ability to absorb calories and nutrients from food. The surgeon changes the way food travels through the client’s system. By rerouting food past a large part of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine, some of the calories and nutrients pass through without being absorbed.

Gastric Bypass surgery is considered a malabsorption type.

Weight loss surgery, as with all medical procedures, has certain risks, such as the necessity to undergo revision bariatric surgery. Clients should recognize that complications arise rarely and the vast majority of Dr. Tom’s clients are highly satisfied with their results.

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