Bariatric Surgery

The first, important step in making a decision about weight loss surgery is to understand the options available, along with the potential benefits and risks. Surgery is appropriate for selected patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or a BMI of 35-40 for patients with obesity-related medical conditions. Bariatric surgery may be considered for a person with obesity-related medical conditions and a BMI above 30. Candidates for weight loss surgery should have evidence of previous unsuccessful attempt at non-surgical treatment of obesity. They should also demonstrate a commitment to follow-up care, including a clear understanding of the dietary, exercise, and medical guidelines required following surgery and throughout the rest of their lives.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

The American Society for Bariatric Surgery divides weight loss procedures into three basic categories:

  • Malabsorptive procedures alter the digestive system to reduce the size of the stomach and bypass part of the intestine so food passes more quickly and the body absorbs fewer calories.
  • Restrictive procedures make the stomach smaller to limit the amount of food intake and to produce a sense of fullness after small meals.
  • Combined procedures take advantage of both restrictive and malabsorptive principles.

Dr. Rehnke offers three types of robotic weight loss procedures:

Please visit The Bariatric Care Center for more information on weight loss surgeries.