Bariatric surgery refers to any of several different types of weight loss procedures and surgeries. Obesity surgery centers often specialize in any of the following types of obesity surgeries:
Lap banding, also known as laparoscopic gastric banding – or LAGB – involves a silicone band placed around the entrance to the stomach. Patients can expect a 50% to 75% weight loss of 50 to 90 pounds in about two years. Vertical banded gastroplasty (called stomach stapling) sections off a portion of the upper part of the stomach. Many individuals who choose this type of procedure are generally able to lose roughly 50% of excess weight within about two years.
Sleeve gastrectomy is performed for those with a body mass index over 50. During this procedure, a large portion of the stomach is removed. A person can expect to lose between 30% and 35% of their initial body weight, or roughly 40 pounds in about a year. Gastric bypass is a popular bariatric surgery procedure that directly attaches a small portion of the stomach to the small intestine. The procedure is drastic, but one that offers a high success rate. Patients lose between 60% and 70% excess body weight within a year.
Bariatric or obesity surgeries in the U.S. can cost between $17,000 and $30,000. Those traveling to global destinations may enjoy a savings of thousands of dollars in such locations as Mexico, South America and India. Accredited, state-of-the-art equipment and technology are making global obesity surgeries popular, common, and affordable in the 21st century.
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