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Winter Springs Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery addresses obesity, a major concern for millions of Americans. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is now an option for those whose health and wellbeing are threatened by medical obesity. Surgical alternatives are a realistic option when non-surgical methods fail to result in weight loss.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric weight loss surgery helps patients curtail their food intake. The goal is to achieve a safe weight loss. The procedure involves laparoscopic surgery, sometimes called keyhole surgery. The most common laparoscopic options performed in our practice are gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery. Determining the best weight loss surgery option for a given patient is the job of a physician experienced in bariatric surgery and laparoscopic surgery techniques. Post-surgery, we provide follow-up services in a bariatric clinic setting.

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Gastric Sleeve Versus Gastric Bypass Surgery

Both the gastric sleeve and the gastric bypass surgery procedures are effective in producing significant weight loss and improving obesity-related medical conditions. Gastric sleeve surgery is also called sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

  • Gastric sleeve surgery:

    Reduces stomach capacity. Does not bypass any part of the digestive tract. Normal nutrient absorption is not affected.
  • Gastric bypass surgery:

    Reduces stomach capacity. Bypasses a section of the small intestine. Affects normal nutrient absorption and, post-surgery, requires dietary supplements.

Gastric bypass surgery results in a more dramatic weight loss than gastric sleeve surgery, however, it is a more complex procedure and does require post-surgery dietary supplements.

Gastric Band Surgery

Gastric band surgery, or lap band surgery, is a third type of bariatric weight loss surgery. This procedure involves placing an inflatable silicon band around the stomach and then inflating it after the patient has recovered from the surgery. This silicone band, once inflated, actually constricts the stomach thereby reducing the amount of food it can hold.

A decade ago, gastric band surgery was the most common form of weight loss surgery, but it is now far less common. Today, an established track record of safety and effectiveness has made gastric sleeve and gastric bypass the leading bariatric weight loss surgical procedures.

The Bariatric Surgery Diet

Patients who undergo bariatric bypass surgery must commit to a bariatric diet post-surgery. Since this surgery reduces stomach capacity by bypassing a section of the small intestine, part of the normal digestive system, normal nutrient absorption is affected. Without the addition dietary supplements, a patient who has undergone gastric bypass surgery might become malnourished.


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In contrast, patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery do not need dietary supplements as this procedure does not bypass any part of the digestive system. However, they must commit to a bariatric surgery diet plan that will maximize the benefit brought about by surgery.

To help patients before and after any of the weight loss surgery options, our practice conducts a bariatric clinic. The professionals who operate this bariatric clinic offer advice, council and encouragement before and after bariatric surgery.

Bariatric Surgery Cost

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Patient out-of-pocket expense varies depending on one's insurance coverage and which procedure is chosen. In many cases, a patient's gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve, surgery costs are covered by insurance. Whether insurance covers all or most of the cost depends on a patient's BMI, body mass index, and the presence of other medical conditions. Our insurance office can help you determine your exact insurance coverage.

Other Surgery Procedures

Our practice concentrates on weight loss surgery, but we also perform other general surgery procedures including gallbladder surgery, hernia and thyroid surgery, as well as some vascular surgery and vein treatment procedures.

Many of these procedures are also performed using laparoscopic surgery technology.

If you would like to discuss your weight loss surgery options or any other treatment option please call to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in the Daytona-New Smyrna-Palm Coast area. We can be reached by clicking our contact link, Contact Dr. Birkedal here, or by phone at (386) 210-9844.


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