Surgical Weight Loss
Obesity is one of the most significant health concerns facing the United States, and it is particularly prominent among the Hispanic community of Riverside. If you are struggling with obesity and suffering health problems as a result, bariatric surgery may be the right path to help you find success in your weight loss. The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital can help you discover all the benefits of bariatric surgery with complete care from pre-surgical education through your long-term recovery. We are recognized as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and we offer a number of procedures to address a wide range of cases with convenient care close to home in the Inland Empire.
Ideal Candidates for Bariatric Surgery
While bariatric surgery can be highly effective for promoting significant weight loss, it is not right for everyone. Only individuals who have a BMI of 40 or higher or those with a BMI over 35 and health problems associated with their weight will qualify for surgery. Additionally, surgical weight loss should never be considered as the first line of treatment. Before recommending surgery, your doctor may put you on a special diet and exercise program or offer other solutions that might promote weight loss without surgical care.
Types of Bariatric Surgery
When you do determine that bariatric surgery is the right course of treatment for your weight loss needs, you will have a choice between three different surgeries at RCH. By attending a Weight Loss Surgery Seminar and Support Group, you can get a detailed look at the pros and cons of each procedure. Below, you’ll see a general overview of each to help you get an idea of what to expect.
- Gastric bypass – Roux-en Y gastric bypass surgery not only reduces the size of the stomach to about one ounce, but it also bypasses part of the small intestine and duodenum to make the procedure both restrictive and malabsorptive.
- Gastric banding – With gastric banding, a special device is placed around the stomach to limit how much food it can hold. This is the only weight loss surgery that is adjustable and reversible, as the stomach is not stapled or cut, and no changes are made to the rest of the digestive tract.
- Sleeve gastrectomy – During sleeve gastrectomy, most of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a sleeve-shaped section that can hold between 1 and 4 ounces of food. This procedure may be an ideal alternative to gastric bypass for patients who are unable to undergo the more involved malabsorptive procedure.
For a closer look at your options for surgical weight loss, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463. Our nurses will answer your call anytime 24/7 to help you sign up for a Weight Loss Surgery Seminar or get a physician referral for your surgical care.