Surgical Weight Loss: Why Bariatric Surgery Might Be For You

More and more often, surgical weight loss is a potential option for those needing assistance in losing weight. Dr. Melanie Hafford serves as Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving’s bariatric surgeon and has helped hundreds of individuals lose weight through a variety of surgical weight loss procedures. Oftentimes, patients have many questions about surgical weight loss or think that surgical weight loss might not be suitable for them. However, bariatric surgery is a viable option for many individuals and the majority of worries about surgical weight loss are misconceptions.

Dr. Hafford offers a number of surgical weight loss options. The most common procedures are lap band, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy. Each procedure offers various pros and cons, but all will help patients lose weight. The best way to figure out which surgical weight loss procedure is right for you is to talk to our Irving bariatric specialist. Her experience allows her to recommend the right procedure for your situation.

So who should have bariatric surgery? There are many misconceptions about weight loss surgery. Many people are nervous that bariatric surgery could be dangerous; however, it is actually much more dangerous to be overweight. Losing weight and achieving a healthy body mass index (BMI) reduces your long-term mortality rate by up to 89%!

There is also a misconception that weight loss surgery is simply for those individuals who are “too lazy” to lose the weight on their own through diet and exercise. However, the National Institutes of Health believes that long-term weight loss is almost impossible for those who are severely obese unless they elect to have bariatric surgery. Proper diet can work to a certain extent, but only bariatric surgery helps obese individuals lose weight and keep it off.

How effective is bariatric surgery at helping individuals lose weight? Individuals who get bariatric surgery are more likely to maintain successful weight loss long-term. Depending on the procedure, patients might lose up to 80% of their excess weight. If patients do gain weight back, they typically only see an increase of 5% of their new weight.

Ultimately, the best way to decide if you are a candidate for surgical weight loss is to talk to our expert. Dr. Hafford takes time to listen to each of her patients and develop a plan to help them achieve the best results. She understands that healthcare is about the individual, and with something as personal as weight loss, Dr. Hafford creates personalized plans and addresses any concerns the patient might have.

If you are ready to begin your journey to a healthier weight, it is time to contact Dr. Hafford. Set up an appointment by calling 972-823-3230, or learn more about Dr. Hafford and her team by visiting Hafford Bariatrics online.

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Surgical Weight Loss Options at MSCI

The Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving recently welcomed Dr. Melanie Hafford to our team. An experienced surgeon, Dr. Hafford specializes in bariatric surgery and helps patients achieve their weight loss goals. Losing weight can have major health benefits; in fact, research has shown that losing as little as 10 pounds can significantly improve a person’s life. Surgical weight loss might be the option for some patients, and MSCI now offers a number of surgical weight loss options for patients to consider.

The first surgical weight loss option is a sleeve gastrectomy, or sometimes called a gastric sleeve. On average, patients who receive a sleeve gastrectomy can expect to lose between 50-60% of their excess body weight. This procedure involves removing a part of the stomach and creating a sleeve. In total, around 75% of the stomach will be removed, causing the patient to eat less food and have a decrease in hunger. However, your stomach will continue to process food and absorb food as it had before.

The next surgical weight loss procedure is a gastric bypass. One of the most common bariatric surgery procedures, a gastric bypass can help patients lose (on average) between 60 and 80% of their excess body weight. This procedure makes food take a bit of a detour through the stomach. A gastric bypass creates a “pouch” in the stomach that then connects to the rest of the digestive tract. Because the food bypasses such an extensive part of the body, patients can expect rapid weight loss.

The final procedure we offer at MSCI is lap band surgery. Comparatively speaking, lap band is very straightforward and is minimally invasive. In a lap band surgery, a band is placed around the top part of a stomach. This band limits the amount of food a person can eat. Lap band procedures can be reversed, although patients will have to also get the lap band adjusted from time to time, as well as have their physician check on the status of the band. Patients on average lose around 40% of their excess body weight.

With any of these procedures, it’s important to talk to a physician. Surgical weight loss is an option for some individuals, and there are many misconceptions about gastric surgeries. Fortunately, Dr. Hafford offers a free information session on a regular basis. If you’re interested in bariatric surgeries, contact Dr. Hafford directly by calling 972-823-3230.