Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
Bariatric options at GRMC are surgical procedures to reduce the intake/absorption of food by the body in order to lose weight.
Two types of operations, restrictive and mal-absorptive, can help people whose weight loss efforts have failed. Mal-absorptive operations reroute food and bypass a portion of the stomach and small intestine, limiting both food intake and absorption of fats and sugar.
The lap band is a procedure in which the surgeon places a hollow loop around the stomach. The loop squeezes the upper part of the stomach and effectively makes the stomach about a third its usual size.
This new option removes the outer curve of the stomach, removing the storage portion along with the appetite center. It limits the capacity of the stomach and is often the best option for patients with high risk factors.
For some patients, surgery is not the right path. An intensive medical weight-loss program may be the solution for:
- Patients with other illnesses/diseases that could make general anesthesia or surgery too risky.
- Patients with psychological qualities that would make surgery a poor choice.
- Individuals who have not been properly educated about nutrition and have never been enrolled in a well-managed weight-loss program.
GRMC is one of a select few hospitals in Iowa that have been approved to perform morbid-obesity surgery on Medicare patients.