Weight loss options in Dublin, Georgia

Weight loss is a common struggle for millions of Americans. Extreme exercise programs and starvation diets can leave you feeling like a failure and lead to even more weight gain.

Fairview Park Hospital’s team of board-certified bariatric surgeons, nurses and registered dietitians will work with you to uncover what has led to your weight gain, and to understand your life and your goals. We will also help you choose which surgical or non-surgical weight loss option is right for you, through medical and psychological screenings, as well as a nutritional evaluation.

To schedule an evaluation with our weight loss doctors or learn more about our programs, call us at (478) 738-6278.

Non-surgical options

Depending on your weight loss goals, a non-surgical weight loss solution may be the best way to start or continue your journey. Fairview Park Hospital offers the resources and support you need to lose the weight and maintain it.

Customized diet programs

Our customized diet programs and nutritional counseling help you to develop an eating plan that will work for you. Our certified dietitians understand that too many restrictions can hurt, not help. They will work with you to evaluate your current diet so you can understand nutrients you are lacking and find hidden sources of calories. They will develop a nutrition plan that works with your likes and lifestyle.

Customized exercise programs

When you take part in our customized exercise programs, we will make sure your exercise routine is giving you the most benefits possible and is positively influencing your health. We will also help you look for ways to increase the physical activity you get each day and decrease the role that food plays in your life.

Surgical options

Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?

You may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery if you have a high body mass index (BMI) and have obesity-related health conditions such as Type II diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis or other obesity-related conditions. To help make the decision, we often use the following criteria:

  • You are more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight.
  • You have a BMI over 40.
  • You have a BMI over 35 and you are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight.
  • You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period, even through medically supervised dieting.

Gastric sleeve

During gastric sleeve surgery, the surgeon removes about 75 percent of the stomach through a minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure. What remains of the stomach is a narrow tube or sleeve, which connects to the intestines. For people who are very obese or sick, gastric sleeve is a simpler operation that gives them a lower-risk way to lose weight. If needed, once they have lost weight and their health has improved—usually after 12 to 18 months—they can have a second surgery, such as gastric bypass. Because the intestines are not affected, gastric sleeve does not affect how your body absorbs food, so you are not likely to fall short on nutrients.

Diagram of stomach showing the Gastic Sleeve, Pylorus, and Excised Stomach

Gastric bypass

Gastric bypass, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is the most common type of weight loss surgery. It combines both restrictive and malabsorptive approaches. During the operation, the surgeon divides the stomach into two parts, sealing off the upper section from the lower—then connects the upper stomach directly to the lower section of the small intestine. Essentially, the surgeon is creating a shortcut for the food, bypassing part of the stomach and the small intestine. Skipping these parts of the digestive tract means that the body absorbs fewer calories.

Weight loss tends to be swift and dramatic. About 50 percent of weight loss happens in the first six months, and may continue to lose weight for up to two years after the operation. Because of the rapid weight loss, conditions affected by obesity—such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, sleep apnea and heartburn—often get better quickly. Gastric bypass also has good long-term results. Studies have found that many people keep most of the weight off for 10 years or longer.

Diagram of stomach showing the excluded portion of the stomach Gastric Bypass

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS) combines restrictive and malabsorptive techniques. The restrictive portion of the surgery involves removing approximately 70 percent of the stomach. The malabsorptive portion reroutes a lengthy portion of the small intestine, creating two separate pathways and one common channel. The shorter of the two pathways, the digestive loop, takes food from the stomach to the common channel. The much longer pathway, the biliopancreatic loop, carries bile from the liver to the common channel.

Diagram of intestines showing results of the BPD/DS process

The common channel is a portion of the small intestine, usually 75 to 150 centimeters long, in which the contents of the digestive path mix with the bile from the biliopancreatic loop before emptying into the large intestine. The objective of this arrangement is to reduce the amount of time the body has to capture calories from food in the small intestine and to selectively limit the absorption of fat. As a result, following surgery, these patients only absorb approximately 20 percent of the fat they intake.

The primary advantage of BPD/DS surgery is that its combination of moderate intake restriction with substantial calorie malabsorption results in a higher percentage of excess weight loss versus a purely restrictive gastric bypass for all individuals. Since the stomach pouch is larger than with other bariatric operations, you can eat larger portions than with the gastric bypass.

Adjustable gastric banding

In this type of surgery, the surgeon uses an inflatable band to squeeze the stomach into two sections: a smaller upper pouch and a larger lower section. The two sections are still connected by a very small channel, which slows down the emptying of the upper pouch. Most people can only eat a 1/2 to 1 cup of food before feeling too full. You can also get the band adjusted in a doctor's office.

Seminars and support

Our free seminars will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about weight loss surgery, including:

  • Who is a candidate for weight loss surgery
  • Steps to take before your procedure
  • Benefits and risks of each bariatric surgical procedure
  • What to expect during the recovery process
  • Lifestyle changes to make for weight loss success

Check our calendar to find an upcoming seminar.

BMI Calculator

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