Is Bariatric Surgery Similar to Metabolic Surgery?

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What’s Metabolic Surgery?

Metabolic surgery is a type of bariatric weight-loss surgery in which surgeons make anatomical changes to the patients’ digestive system to help manage diabetes and weight-related illness.

Metabolic surgery supports a cluster of weight-related conditions that often occur together: obesity, sedentary lifestyle, genetics and age. Research shows these overweight-related illnesses can increase the risk of elevated blood sugars (prediabetes), hypertension, stroke and heart disease.

Minimally invasive bariatric procedures may include performing surgical changes to the gastrointestinal tract to help patients start safely losing weight, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS).

Living with obesity may shorten a patient’s life span.

Minimally invasive bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is designed for clinically obese patients who need to lose significant body weight to help fight serious illnesses, like heart disease. There are several different types of bariatric procedures available for patients living with obesity. These operations have the ability to prevent future health problems.

Depending on the procedure that’s right for you, bariatric surgery might be a medically recommended option if diet, exercise and life-threatening interventions are not successful with repeated attempts.

Even new robotic weight-loss procedures are still considered surgery, of course, and there are always risks associated with surgery. Individual results may vary.

Minimally invasive robotic bariatric surgery

How it’s done: According to ASMBS, minimally invasive procedures can surgically create a smaller stomach, removing a portion of the stomach that happens to also produce a “hunger hormone.” The surgery has an effect on the patients’ metabolism, decreasing hunger, increasing fullness and helping guide slow and steady weight loss.

Weight-loss procedures are definitely a marathon to good health, and the side effects can last for months afterwards. After surgery, an average patient can experience 70 to 80 percent reduction of excess body weight in the two years (roughly) following surgery, says ASMBS.

In time, many post-surgery patients may find they no longer require medications for diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. In addition, secondary conditions like sleep apnea and indigestion can potentially improve.

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What is metabolic health?

Metabolic health is defined as having blood sugar, high waist measurements, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) all within a healthy range for your age and weight.

Metabolic surgery can be performed on patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and who also suffer from type 2 diabetes. The National Institutes of Health uses this calculator to tabulate body mass index based on levels of overweight, muscle to fat ratio, and other factors.

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  • BMI of 18.5 to 25 is within the healthy weight range
  • BMI of 25 to 30 is within the overweight range
  • BMI 30 or higher is within the obesity range

What’s the definition of metabolism?

Metabolism is a whole range of biochemical processes that occur within living organisms. To improve the health and efficiency of your metabolic rate in the long run, bariatric teams will introduce you to the cornerstones in managing obesity: nutrition and exercise.

Many overweight patients are unable to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. As a last resort with metabolic diseases – like diabetes and heart disease – some weight-loss surgeons and primary care doctors may recommend the bariatric weight-loss procedure that’s right for you.

Monthly support group for bariatric patients

Check in regularly for family support, group therapy or personal counseling options, if needed. Texoma Medical Center offers a bariatric support group for patients. It meets online the last Tuesday during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November of each month at 6 p.m.

No matter what path to treatment you take, losing large amounts of weight safely takes self-commitment and self-patience. With weight-loss surgery, skilled surgeons and care teams can help prepare you for the unique and challenging weight-loss journey ahead. They’re dedicated to helping patients lead a healthy, active, more vibrant lifestyles.

Find a doctor

For a free referral to our weight-loss surgeon, call TexomaCare Weight-Loss Surgery at 903-416-6490, or search online.

 Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.

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