What is bariatric surgery?

If your attempts to lose weight through diet and exercise have been unsuccessful, or if you are suffering from serious health issues as a result of your current weight, bariatric surgery can help. This type of surgical procedure involves adjusting the digestive system in order to promote substantial and sustained weight loss. The most common form of bariatric surgery reduces your capacity to eat in one sitting and inhibits nutrient absorption. 

Who is a good candidate for bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is typically recommended when less extreme dietary and lifestyle changes have not been successful in reducing weight and when an individual’s health is affected by a serious medical condition caused by the excess weight. It may be suitable for:

  • Those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and over
  • Those with a BMI between 35 and 40 with other conditions or symptoms associated with obesity, such as heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes. 

Bariatric surgery can lead to significant and sometimes long-term weight loss in many cases. Good nutrition, proper hydration, and regular exercise after surgery are essential for the best results and will be discussed with our surgeon prior to undergoing bariatric intervention.

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Why choose Radiance by Roller?

Dr. Roller is one of the nation’s leading bariatric surgeons. He has helped thousands of patients lose hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years. Dr. Roller holds board certifications in general surgery, as well as memberships in the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

To top that off, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma with Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) recognition as part of the top 10% of his class before completing his surgical residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. With such an admirable track record, you can trust that you’re getting premier care for your bariatric surgery at Radiance by Roller.

What are the types of bariatric surgery, and what should I expect?

For bariatric surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting - meaning that while the procedure is taking place, you'll remain completely unconscious. Depending on your personal condition and the chosen weight-loss method, specifics may vary across patients. In certain cases, open surgery with larger incisions might still be used, but laparoscopic methods are now more commonly employed for these types of operations today.

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About laparoscopic bariatric surgery

A laparoscope is an innovative, tubular device with a camera on its tip that can be inserted through small incisions in the abdomen. This allows surgeons to visualize and operate within the abdominal cavity without having to make large cuts usually associated with traditional surgery, thereby resulting in faster healing times for some patients. However, it's important to note that this type of procedure may not be suitable for everyone.

What happens after the procedure?

Once the surgery is complete, you will be transferred to a recovery room, where medical personnel will watch over you vigilantly.

Depending on which procedure you had performed, you might be required to remain in hospital care for several days after your operation. 

What guidelines should I follow for my surgery?

Following weight-loss surgery, you'll need to abstain from eating for 1 to 2 days for your digestive system and stomach time to heal. And after those few days have passed, a specific diet will be put into place that starts with liquids only and advances gradually all the way up until regular food can finally be consumed once again. During this period of dietary transition, it is important to carefully watch the types of foods you eat as well as how much.

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