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Bariatric Surgery

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Obesity not only impacts a person’s confidence and mobility, but also increases the likelihood of serious chronic health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If you are clinically obese, you are an excellent candidate for the life-changing health benefits of bariatric surgery. 

Bariatric surgery modifies the function of the gastrointestinal tract to help rapidly achieve significant weight loss. If your weight is impacting your health and happiness, bariatric surgery at Whole Health Weight Loss Institute will give you back your body and improve your quality of life. 

Backed by world-class, Stanford-trained surgeons, the Whole Health Weight Loss team is dedicated to helping our patients make the most of their weight loss journey.  We are with our patients every step of the way! In addition to bariatric surgery, our comprehensive services include nutritional advice and meal planning, counseling and support services, and other resources that encourage and enable lifelong weight loss and health.

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How does bariatric surgery work?

Bariatric surgery has helped thousands of men and women accomplish safe, significant weight loss for decades. Bariatric procedures achieve weight loss in two ways: by restricting the amount of food that will fit in the stomach and by decreasing the absorption of calories from consumed food. Depending on the type of bariatric surgery, the gastrointestinal system is modified laparoscopically. The Intragastric Balloon requires no surgery, only an endoscope to guide the uninflated balloon down the esophagus and into the stomach. 

Most patients reduce 65% of their excess weight by the one-year mark

Due to the changes accomplished during bariatric surgery, patients experience major weight loss over the months after their procedures.

Dr. Scott Perryman and Dr. Crystine Lee are two of the nation’s leading bariatric surgery specialists who work closely with their patients to determine the weight loss solutions that are most appropriate for them. They are proud to offer these four bariatric surgeries to weight loss patients in the Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Bay Area. These safe, targeted procedures have helped countless people get back to a healthy weight! 

If you are obese or your weight is impacting your quality of life, schedule an appointment at Whole Health Weight Loss today.

The most effective, doctor-recommended bariatric surgeries today are the Adjustable Gastric Band, Intragastric Balloon, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass.

How is obesity defined?

Obesity is determined based on a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI represents the ratio of the person’s height to the person’s weight. A Body Mass Index of 30 and above is considered clinically obese. 

Obesity, unfortunately, raises the risk of conditions like heart disease, arthritis, and sleep apnea.  

Patients with a BMI that ranges between 25 and 30 are considered overweight. To avoid the health risks associated with obesity, overweight patients are advised to adopt a more active lifestyle and balanced diet. Whole Health Weight Loss can connect you with specialists who will help you create a diet and exercise plan that’s right for you.

What are the benefits of bariatric surgery for men?

Men with a BMI over 30 are at an increased risk of developing serious health conditions, including diabetes, high cholesterol, liver and gallbladder disease, hypertension, GERD, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. Obesity increases men’s chance of heart attack and cancer. Being overweight or obese can lead to or worsen sleep apnea. Men who lose weight significantly reduce the severity of these conditions and limit their chance of developing those conditions in the future.   

In addition to reducing serious health risks, benefits of bariatric surgery and medical weight loss for men include: 

  • Better quality sleep 
  • Improved sex drive 
  • Improved physical mobility 
  • Better hormonal balance 
  • Less need for certain medications 
  • Reduced body pains and aches 
  • Improved immunity 
  • Longer lifespan 

What are the benefits of bariatric surgery for women?

Obesity can increase a woman’s chance of stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol. Women who have a BMI over 30 may also have a higher risk of heart attack and developing cancers including breast, colon, liver, and ovarian cancer. Obesity can impact a woman’s fertility and lead to complications during pregnancy. 

Benefits of bariatric surgery and medical weight loss for women include: 

  • More energy 
  • Better memory 
  • Improved sleep quality 
  • Higher sex drive 
  • Improve mobility  
  • Improved skin and hair health 
  • Better hormonal balance 
  • Healthier immune system 
  • Relieve body pains and aches 
  • Reduction in allergies 
  • Longer lifespan 

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A whole life improvement

Whole Health Weight Loss performs bariatric surgery on a regular basis to help men and women in the Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Bay Area achieve safe, healthy weight loss.

The Whole Health Weight Loss team helps each patient begin their weight loss journey and stays with them for the long road ahead! 

We emphasize a whole-life approach to help our patients make significant improvements to not just their body, but also to their way of life.  

How can mindfulness help with weight loss?

At the Whole Health Weight Loss Institute, mindfulness is a key part of our approach to weight loss. Based on a Buddhist concept, a growing amount of research shows that mindfulness applied to eating and dieting can help with weight problems. We provide our patients with resources and guidance on mindfulness eating approaches. Overeating and binge-eating, which are common issues faced by those with obesity, can be addressed with mindfulness. 

Our holistic approach to health has proven to help patients overcome their obesity and weight issues with greater success.

Who is eligible for bariatric surgery?

If you have a BMI between 30 and 50, you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery. 

In order to receive bariatric surgery, patients must: 

  • Be over 18 
  • Have a BMI of 30 or more 
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Be open to the outcomes of a medical weight loss procedure 
  • Be willing to make lifelong lifestyle changes  

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You can calculate your BMI using the BMI calculator on our site. 

What are my bariatric treatment options at Whole Health?

Obesity is an epidemic in America: don’t let your weight take control of your life! Bariatric Surgery is a medically-recommended method of achieving safe, significant weight loss. Take back your health and your life with the help of bariatric surgery at Whole Health Weight Loss.

Bariatric treatment options include:  

Gastric band (or "lap band")

The Gastric Band (also known as a Lap Band) constricts the stomach to improve portion control. Due to the fact that the stomach cavity is smaller, patients feel full faster.  

The gastric band is a biocompatible hollow ring that is placed around the stomach. Your doctor will use a slim camera to see inside the abdomen and ensure that the ring is in position. Once in place, the ring is filled with sterile saline water. Patients are able to get up and about the same day as their procedure. 

With the gastric band, patients generally lose between 40% and 65% of their excess body weight within the first year. 

Gastric balloon (Orbera)

Patients who have a BMI greater than 30, are good candidates for the Gastric Balloon. The gastric balloon is a silicone balloon that is guided uninflated through the esophagus to the stomach using an endoscope. Once the balloon is in place, it will be filled with sterile saline. The balloon will shrink the capacity of the stomach, helping patients feel full faster. As a result, patients will consume fewer calories. Weight loss patients are able to return to work within three days of receiving the intragastric balloon. 

Patients will lose 25 to 30% of their excess body weight within a year of receiving the intragastric balloon. The balloon will eventually be deflated and removed. 

Gastric sleeve

A Gastric Sleeve (also known as a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) will shrink the stomach by 80 to 90%. Dr. Lee or Dr. Perryman will reduce the stomach with a small number of titanium staples. These staples can stay in the body safely for the long-term. The titanium will not pose an issue or set off metal detectors. 

Gastric sleeve surgeries remove the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin. Ghrelin is the strongest hunger hormone. Patients experience a major decrease in hunger hormones within a few weeks. The reduction of the stomach cavity, combined with the decrease in hunger, lead to significant weight loss! 

Patients lose up to 65% of their excess weight within a year of gastric sleeve. 

 

Roux-en-y gastric bypass

Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass reduces the size of the stomach and shortens part of the lower intestine. The surgeon will use titanium staples to resize the stomach to one to two ounces. The small intestine will be reattached to the stomach, reducing the length of the intestinal tract. The body will intake fewer calories as a result. The decrease in stomach capacity will also decrease hunger and help patients feel fuller faster. 

Patients can lose up to 75% of their excess body weight within a year of Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass.

The type of bariatric surgery a patient receives will depend on their current health profile and the desired amount of weight loss. You will receive a comprehensive treatment plan that will help you accomplish a quick recovery from your surgery and get you started on your weight loss journey right!  Our practice emphasizes responsible weight loss and mindful living on a daily basis to help our patients maintain their healthy weight for the long-term.

Have questions about bariatric surgery? Dr. Perryman or Dr. Lee are here to help. 

Contact Whole Health Weight Loss to learn more about the benefits of bariatric surgery.

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How long does it take to see results from bariatric surgery?

Most patients begin losing weight within a few weeks of their bariatric surgery. You will continue to lose weight over the months following your surgery. Patients often see a 75% reduction in their excess body weight within the first year. 

Dr. Scott Perryman or Dr. Chrystine Lee will meet with you throughout this period to make sure you are accomplishing your best, healthiest weight loss experience. Their goal is to help you make a long-lasting change! 

What is the cost of bariatric surgery?

The cost of your bariatric surgery will depend on the type of surgery you receive and the details of your surgical plan. Due to the medical benefits of weight loss, most health insurance policies help cover bariatric surgery. Reach out to your insurance provider to learn more. 

Is bariatric surgery safe?

Bariatric surgeries are a safe, doctor-recommended way of losing weight and reducing the risk of serious medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In order to guarantee a safe surgery and ideal results, seek your weight loss surgery from an experienced bariatric surgeon like Dr. Crystine Lee or Dr. Scott Perryman.