Questions and Answers About Minimally-Invasive Weight Loss Surgery

Minimally-Invasive Weight Loss Surgery

These days there are so many questions—and, let’s face it, so much incorrect information—floating around about obesity and weight loss surgery. It can be difficult for those who want to learn more about the effects of obesity on health and how minimally-invasive weight loss surgery can help to even know where to start. But for anyone who is struggling with excessive weight or who is considering making a change in their life for the better, it is not only important to raise these questions, but also to find a trustworthy source with whom you can discuss them and get the answers you need.

While it would be impossible for us to tackle all of the questions that you may ask if you’re considering minimally-invasive weight loss surgery, here at Blue Valley Surgical Associates, we want to provide a few answers to some of the most common questions to help you find the weight loss option that’s right for you.

Is Obesity Really an Epidemic?

In the end, it depends on what you mean by “epidemic.” Studies and research published in The New England Journal of Medicine and other credible scientific publications have suggested that nearly a third of the world’s population is currently overweight and that one in ten individuals is obese. Because this is a condition that affects such a large percentage of the world’s population, and extends to people across many different countries, regions, and groups, it is often referred to as an “epidemic.”

What’s important for the individual who is struggling with excess weight or obesity to keep in mind is that, while the word “epidemic” may seem frightening or even stigmatizing, this is not a problem that is unique to any particular population, country, region, or group… or to any individual who may be struggling with excess weight. Which is another way of saying that if you’re trying to find ways to lose weight and improve your quality of life, you’re far from alone. So you shouldn’t feel ashamed or uncomfortable when discussing the problem with a medical professional in an attempt to find a weight loss solution that fits your needs and lifestyle.

What is Minimally-Invasive Weight Loss Surgery?

The good news is that many conditions—including obesity that doesn’t respond to changes in diet and exercise—can now be treated or corrected with minimally-invasive surgery. Many minimally-invasive surgical techniques utilize laparoscopic surgery, in which doctors use small incisions—often less than one or two centimeters—to insert scopes and other surgical tools into the body to perform delicate surgical procedures, minimizing discomfort and pain and speeding recovery time.

Two of the most popular techniques when it comes to minimally-invasive weight loss surgery are Adjustable Gastric Band surgery and the Sleeve Gastrectomy. In the former, a silicon band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, which restricts the stomach’s size and helps patients to feel satiated faster. Sleeve Gastrectomy performs a similar function but in a different way. In a Sleeve Gastrectomy, part of the stomach is removed, leaving a smaller area that also allows the patient to feel full while eating less food. Both of these minimally-invasive weight loss surgeries are available at Blue Valley Surgical Associates, and you can learn more about all of our surgical options at our page on Weight Loss Surgery.

Who Qualifies for Minimally-Invasive Weight Loss Surgery?

This is a commonly asked question, and one that, ultimately, has both a simple and a more complex answer. Most doctors, surgeons, and weight loss surgery professionals suggest that even minimally-invasive weight loss surgery is best reserved for individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) above 35 and who are suffering from additional health problems as a result of their weight. These may include heart disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, high cholesterol, and many more. Weight loss surgery is also often reserved for those individuals whose weight has not responded to changes in diet or exercise.

At the end of the day, however, each individual is unique, and each person’s weight loss journey is going to be different. Because every patient brings unique situations, goals, and health concerns to the table, no weight loss program would be complete or effective if it didn’t involve consultation and an individualized approach. That’s why the first step in achieving your weight loss goals and building a better quality of life for yourself is to consult with the weight loss surgery specialists at Blue Valley Surgical Associates, who can help you to determine which weight loss strategy is right for you.

How Do I Get Started?

Here’s the good news: By reading this blog, you’ve already taken the first step on the road to a thinner, healthier you. In many cases, the most difficult part of the process is seeking out help, and so the first thing that you should do if you think that minimally-invasive weight loss surgery might be right for you is to request a consultation with a specialist who can talk to you about bariatric surgery and help you to make a decision on whether weight loss surgery will help you to achieve your goals.

As we already said, there’s no one answer that’s right for everyone, and your road to weight loss will depend upon your personal situation, the unique challenges that you face, and the specific goals that you’re working toward. However, it has been shown time and again that an individualized approach to weight loss actually doubles the effectiveness of weight loss therapy. So if you’re ready to get started on the road to a new life, you can contact Blue Valley Surgical Associates at one of our convenient clinics in Kansas City, Overland Park, Independence, Springfield, Columbia, St. Louis, and Florissant.

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