UF Health surgeons offer minimally invasive bariatric surgeries at the UF Health Weight Loss Surgery Center at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. The multidisciplinary center brings together a health care team, caring for the whole patient, not just their surgical needs. UF Health surgeons collaborate with UF Health experts from psychiatry, cardiology, pulmonology, medicine, nephrology and nutrition as they strive to identify and resolve the extensive health problems associated with morbid obesity.
Minimally invasive weight-loss surgery procedures offered include:
- Inflatable adjustable gastric band, including Lap-Band and REALIZE band procedures
- Laparoscopic gastric bypass
- Laparoscopic gastric sleeve
- Biliopancreatic diversion/Scopinaro Procedure
Weight-loss, or bariatric, surgery limits the amount of food that can be taken into a person’s stomach. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass reduces the stomach’s size and bypasses the small intestines so less fat is absorbed from foods consumed. The inflatable adjustable gastric band uses an adjustable plastic ring to narrow the stomach’s opening, limiting the amount of food that can pass and decreasing one’s hunger sensation.
Surgical weight loss is the only proven, reliable and long-term weight loss solution for morbid obesity. When patients adhere to the necessary post-surgery commitments, including diet and exercise, weight loss surgery is very successful. Results from surgery directly impact a person’s overall quality of life, as well as resolve many co-existing health problems.
A 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association* cited the following resolution statistics of health-related problems:
- Complete resolution – 76.8 percent
- Resolved or improved – 86 percent
- Improved 70 percent
- Resolved 61.7 percent
- Resolved or improved 78 percent
- Resolved 85.7 percent
Morbid obesity affects about 15 million people, or one in 50 adults, in the United States, according to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. It is defined by being at least 100 pounds overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. It is a life-threatening disease commonly associated with numerous detrimental health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, stroke, hypertension, cancer and sleep apnea. Obesity impacts both quantity and quality of life; and too commonly it interferes with social and personal activities.