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Weight Loss Surgery Specialist

Advanced Surgeons -  - Bariatric Surgery

Advanced Surgeons

Bariatric Surgery located in Valhalla, Poughkeepsie, & Carmel, NY

If you are overweight or obese and you struggle to lose weight through traditional means like diet and exercise, consider weight loss surgery. At Advanced Surgeons, the bariatric surgeons have years of experience performing several types of weight loss surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic adjustable banding, and revisional bariatric surgery. To make an appointment at the office in Valhalla, Carmel, or Poughkeepsie, New York, call the nearest office today or schedule online.

Weight Loss Surgery Q & A

What is weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery is a group of procedures that make modifications to your digestive system to help you lose weight.

Weight loss surgery isn’t for everyone. You might qualify if you try various diets and exercise routines without any success, or you have serious underlying health problems as a result of your weight.

Weight loss surgery has a proven track record of success, but it isn’t without risk. To reap the rewards, you must commit to living a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet.

What are the types of weight loss surgery?

Advanced Surgeons offers several types of weight loss or bariatric surgeries, including:

  • Gastric sleeve
  • Gastric bypass
  • The Obalon® Balloon (gastric balloon procedure)
  • Biliopancreatic diversion 
  • Duodenal switch
  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
  • Endoscopic revision of gastric bypass

Weight loss surgery also includes revisional bariatric surgery to correct a problem with a previous procedure.

The team performs many types of weight loss surgery with minimally invasive techniques, often with robotic assistance.

Why might I need weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery helps you lose excess weight while reducing the risk or managing potentially serious health problems like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. 

Weight loss surgery isn’t a quick fix. Advanced Surgeons only recommend it after you try more conservative weight loss methods like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, or if it’s medically necessary to improve your health because of morbid obesity.

Who is a candidate for weight loss surgery?

To qualify for weight loss surgery, you have to have a body mass index of 40 or higher. You might also qualify if your BMI is between 35 and 39.5 and you have a serious weight-related health problem like Type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

How do I prepare for weight loss surgery?

Before recommending weight loss surgery, your Advanced Surgeons provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your goals. 

Then, they order various laboratory screenings, including blood work and kidney tests, to ensure you’re healthy enough to undergo the procedure.

Depending on the type of weight loss surgery you need, your provider might also ask you to stop eating and drinking certain foods and beverages or taking your prescription medication. You might also need to lose weight prior to surgery through the medical weight loss program.

What does weight loss surgery involve?

Weight loss surgery occurs in a hospital under general anesthesia. Most modern weight loss procedures are minimally invasive and use a laparoscope. 

A laparoscope is a thin tube with a high-definition camera and a bright light on the end. It allows your surgeon to make smaller incisions, resulting in better outcomes and quicker recovery times.

Following surgery, you have the option to join a patient support group. The program presents an opportunity to meet and interact with others who are adapting to life after weight loss surgery.

To see if you can benefit from weight loss surgery, request a consultation at Advanced Surgeons. Call the nearest office today or schedule an appointment online.