The world of weight loss surgery can be very overwhelming, especially for those new to the idea of bariatric procedures. With so many weight loss surgery options to choose from, how can you be sure you're picking the best fit for your body and your health?

At Sun Coast Bariatrics, we are dedicated to helping each and every patient to succeed with their weight loss ambitions. Our dedicated surgical support team will help you consider your options, make a decision, and best prepare for your procedure.

Which Weight Loss Surgery Is Best for Me?

Weight loss procedures come in many shapes and sizes, from an adjustable gastric band used to minimize stomach capacity to a gastric sleeve procedure that removes a portion of the stomach. However, many patients find themselves overwhelmed with the choices when considering their weight loss surgery options.

Surgery is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and what works for your friend or neighbor will not necessarily be right for you. Our surgeons will work with you to evaluate the pros and cons of our weight loss surgery options, using criteria like:

  • Your current weight and previous weight loss efforts
  • Any weight-related medical conditions that may affect your health
  • How much weight you have to lose
  • Your dietary preferences and habits
  • Your future plans, including diet expectations

Whether you prefer an easily adjustable option or would like to focus on faster weight loss, we will help you determine which of our procedures is ideal for you.

What Is a Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

A gastric sleeve procedure, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure in which approximately 85% of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a small sleeve roughly the size and shape of a banana.

A stretched stomach is often at the root of excessive food intake, especially in those who have maintained unhealthy eating habits for a prolonged period of time. After gastric sleeve decreases the size of the stomach, appetite is reduced and cravings are diminished. Gastric sleeve surgery often stands alone, but may be completed as a precursor to gastric bypass.

What Is Gastric Band Surgery?

Gastric band surgery is a minimally invasive bariatric procedure that uses a small silicone band to reduce the size of the stomach and, subsequently, food intake. In gastric banding, a surgeon will place a thin band around the top portion of the stomach to create a small upper pouch. Once in place, the band is inflated with saline through a port placed in the abdominal wall. This port can be used to adjust the size and position of the band over time, reducing the need for revision surgery. Fast, flexible, and reversible, gastric banding offers many benefits to those seeking a slow, measured approach to weight loss.

Click here to learn about the non-surgical Orbera Gastric Balloon.

If you are considering your weight loss surgery options, Sun Coast Bariatrics in St. Petersburg can help you come to the right decision for you. Contact us today to attend an info session or to schedule a consultation with our team!