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When do I Need Bariatric Surgery?

Any general surgeon from Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute, serving La Grange, Elmhurst, and Berwyn, IL, will tell you that obesity can lead to serious complications. However, bariatric surgery can not only shrink your waistline and make you feel better about yourself but also reduce your risk of those health conditions.

General Bariatric Surgery 

The purpose of the surgery may be to restrict how much food you can ingest at once. It could also be to bypass a portion of your gastrointestinal tract to limit how much food is absorbed by your body. 

Types of Surgery

A general surgeon from our practice can offer you a few options.  

Gastric Band

One example of a bariatric surgery one of our practitioners, serving La Grange, Elmhurst, and Berwyn, IL, may recommend is the gastric band. During this surgery, a surgeon will place a band around your stomach to reduce its size. You'll then not be able to eat as much at once without feeling overly full or ill. 

Gastric Bypass

Another example is gastric bypass, which consists of the general surgeon shrinking your stomach by stapling it and making it smaller. This way, you'll feel fuller sooner than you would if your stomach was larger. The surgeon will also divide your small intestines and redirect them. This helps you absorb fewer calories. With this surgery, everything changes from the gut bacteria to your hormones to the substances in your stomach and intestines. Ultimately, this may impact your metabolism and appetite as well. 

Gastric Sleeve 

The other well-known bariatric surgery is the gastric sleeve. With this surgery, the practitioner removes a large portion of your stomach. You have a small section remaining, which reduces how much food you can ingest at once. Because the surgeon actually removes the stomach, it may change the bacteria and hormones, which can alter your metabolism and appetite as well. 

Recovery 

As a general rule, you can expect to regain your ability to move and resume life as usual between three and five weeks with laparoscopic surgery. Those who have to have a larger incision will typically take longer to heal. 

Your surgeon will educate you on how long it will take for you to heal and when you can go back to work, lift, or resume other activities. 

Although bariatric surgery isn't for everyone, our practitioners at Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute, serving La Grange, Elmhurst, and Berwyn, IL, can determine if it's right for you and which one would be most beneficial to you. We'll help you every step of the way to optimize your recovery and results. 

Schedule a consultation for bariatric surgery with a general surgeon from our practice by calling (708) 484-0621.

Please call our office number (708)484-0621 for all questions and appointment requests.