Weight loss surgery in Middle Georgia
We understand how frustrating it can be to go through the same old diet and exercise routines without seeing any significant difference. Sometimes losing excess body weight and keeping it off requires more than simply changing habits.
Bariatric surgery is a life-changing decision, and our team at Coliseum Northside Hospital will be with you every step of the way. We are committed to providing you with the personalized care and attention you deserve.
We can help you start your weight-loss journey. For more information, please call Consult-A-Nurse® at (478) 746-4646.
Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery?
Simply being overweight does not qualify you for weight-loss surgery. You must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40, or have a BMI between 35 and 40 and suffer from at least two obesity-related conditions
- Failed nonsurgical methods of weight loss (diet, exercise and medication)
- Do not have any other disease that can cause you to be overweight
- Have no history of alcohol or substance abuse
Our weight loss surgery options
We offer a comprehensive program featuring several safe and highly effective, minimally invasive weight-loss surgery options. We want you to be as prepared and as comfortable as possible for your surgery and your new life.
Bariatric surgery alters the digestive process or reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold. There are a variety of bariatric options available for treatment:
Adjustable gastric band surgery (LapBand)
A gastric band is an adjustable band that is surgically placed around the top of the stomach and essentially functions like an hourglass. The adjustable gastric band controls how quickly food empties the stomach and affects the hormones that regulate hunger, providing a feeling of satisfaction after a small meal. These adjustments can be made in an office setting.
In this procedure, surgeons place a silicone balloon filled with saline in the stomach endoscopically without major surgery. The balloon takes up space in the stomach, making the patient eat less.
Gastric bypass (laparoscopic and robotic)
Gastric bypass is a surgery in which the doctor creates a smaller stomach pouch and reroutes part of the small intestine. As a result, food bypasses a large portion of the stomach and some of the small intestine. Patients feel full sooner and do not absorb as many calories.
Laparoscopic and robotic technology uses a smaller incision, which means a faster recovery time and fewer complications.
In this minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon removes about 75 percent of the stomach through a laparoscopic procedure. What remains of the stomach is a narrow tube or sleeve, which connects to the intestines normally. The stomach becomes much smaller, and food intake is restricted.
A gastric sleeve is a simpler operation than a gastric bypass and provides the patient with a lower risk of complications. Because the intestines are not affected, the gastric sleeve does not affect how your body absorbs food or vitamins and minerals, so you're not likely to fall short on nutrients. However, it is still recommended gastric sleeve patients watch protein intake and take vitamins to maintain good health.
We are recognized by the MBSAQIP for meeting the highest standards in patient safety and quality of care in bariatric surgery.
Weight loss surgery education
Education and support don't end after surgery. Support groups and clinic visits are also available at our Georgia Bariatric Center at Coliseum Northside Hospital. We focus on providing you with all the tools necessary for success and a new healthy life.
Weight loss can not only improve your quality of life but also prevent or lower your risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and back and joint pain.
Attend an information session
We provide free information seminars for patients interested in seeking bariatric surgery as a weight-loss option. We cover surgery options, risks and benefits of the procedure and what your next steps are to begin the process. It's an informal discussion with time made available for questions and answers.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, our seminars are not being held at this time. Call (478) 476-8045 for more information.