Weight-loss surgery is becoming a more common option to treat obesity in America. In 2017, around 228,000 bariatric procedures were performed. Nirav Naik, MD, FACS is an experienced surgeon who provides weight-loss surgeries at New Life Medical & Aesthetics in Bakersfield, California. If your weight is interfering with your health and well-being, call or schedule a consultation online today to find out if weight-loss surgery is right for you.
Millions of Americans struggle with obesity. Obesity is linked to an extensive range of health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, gallbladder disease, and cancer. If you’ve been trying to lose weight through diet and exercise, with or without the support of a physician, you may benefit from weight-loss surgery. Also referred to as bariatric surgery, weight-loss surgery reduces the amount of space available in your stomach, which limits the amount of food you can consume. The operation also helps you feel full with less food.
If you elect to undergo weight-loss surgery, you will typically have one of the following procedures:
During a gastric-band procedure, Dr. Naik places a band around your stomach. The band reduces the amount of space in your stomach for food. When you’ve reached your weight-loss goal, Dr. Naik can remove the band.
Gastric bypass surgery reroutes your digestive tract, sending food through a small stomach pouch directly to your small intestine.
Dr. Naik places a small surgical balloon in your stomach during a gastric balloon procedure. The balloon reduces the amount of space in your stomach. He can deflate and remove the balloon when you’ve reached your weight-loss goal.
A gastrectomy is a permanent procedure during which Dr. Naik removes most of your stomach, creating a narrow passage between your esophagus and your small intestine.
Dr. Naik uses minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical procedures whenever possible to perform weight-loss surgery. Laparoscopic surgery reduces your risk of scarring and infection, as well as your recovery time.
If you have a BMI of 30 or higher and have struggled to lose weight with diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications, you may be a good candidate for weight-loss surgery. Dr. Naik provides comprehensive preoperative consultations and exams to ensure that weight-loss surgery is right for you.
Weight-loss revision surgery repairs previous surgeries that have failed. For example, some patients may lose weight after bariatric surgery, but if they don’t adjust how much and how frequently they eat, they may stretch their remaining stomach area, which increases their risk of complications. Dr. Naik can repair your stomach and restore your health.
Every surgery or procedure poses a potential risk to your health, life, and well-being. Dr. Naik does everything he can to reduce the risks associated with your procedure. He also explains all the benefits and risk of your treatment and will answer your questions thoroughly to help you make the best decision about medical and surgical treatments for your health and wellness.
If you’re interested in weight-loss surgery, call New Life Medical & Aesthetics or make an appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary.