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Weight Loss Surgery

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Obesity is emerging as a health epidemic across the country and around the world. In the United States alone, an estimated 97 million adults are overweight or obese, which represents more than 50% of the adult American population.

If you or someone you love is seriously overweight, then modern, minimally invasive weight loss surgery may be a solution. The latest techniques for successful weight loss surgery are available at the Surgery Center of Reno in partnership with Western Bariatric Institute.

Today, a long term solution for seriously overweight individuals exists in the form of minimally invasive, or laparoscopic surgery, performed as an outpatient or same-day procedure. The procedure serves to work with your body to induce long term changes that result in long term weight reduction and health improvement. A person is considered a candidate for the procedure, in most cases, if the body mass index (BMI) is over 30 – 35. BMI is a calculation of a person’s height and weight. To determine your BMI, simply click here and enter your personal information.

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is becoming a more common resolution for people who are overweight. Bariatric weight loss surgery should be treated as a tool to assist patients to make lifelong changes in their dietary and physical activity habits.  

Gastric banding is one option for individuals who are interested in weight loss surgery. Surgery Center of Reno and Western Bariatric Institute have partnered together to offer this surgical option for patients in the comfort of an outpatient setting. The procedure involves a laparoscopic placement of an implantable adjustable gastric band and access port system under the skin. Five small skin incisions are required while the patient is under anesthesia.

reno bariatric surgery - weight loss surgery renoThe gastric band acts like a snug, soft belt around the stomach and serves to restrict the size of the stomach, and patients feel full and satisfied after eating very small meals. There is no need for cutting the stomach or bypassing the intestine, and in most instances, serious complications are very rare. The long-term risks are very small and the recovery time after surgery is about one week. After a gastric band has been placed in a patient, patients will need to follow up at regular intervals at Western Bariatric Institute for adjustments of the tightness of the band. In these simple office visits of approximately ten minutes, a small amount of saline can be injected into the port under the skin to gently tighten the band and enhance the weight loss.

The first step towards weight loss surgery is to attend one of Western Bariatric Institute’s free informational seminars to learn more about the surgical procedures that are offered. To register for one of these seminars, please call (877) 985-6771 or for more information on Western Bariatric Institute, please visit www.westernbariatricinstitute.com.

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