Weight loss doctors in Summerville, SC
If you struggle to lose weight using conventional methods such as dieting, exercise, behavior therapy or medication, weight-loss surgery may be the answer. We offer a comprehensive program featuring several safe and highly effective options, including laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and gastric band surgery.
We understand bariatric surgery is a life-changing decision, and our team will be with you every step of the way. We're committed to providing you with the personalized care and attention you deserve.
To start your weight loss journey with us and speak with one of our bariatric specialists, call (843) 875-8994 or email us.
Our MBSA Quality Improvement Program works to advance high-quality care for bariatric patients through its standards of practice.
What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery alters the digestive process or reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold, which resets the body's weight regulatory system to stop storing excess fat.
This surgical procedure alters the stomach and intestine anatomy, affecting the body's hormones. As a result, patients experience a decreased appetite, increased feelings of fullness, increased metabolism, and healthier food preferences. These positive changes allow the body to lose weight without the internal fight to return to the higher set point.
Types of bariatric surgery
There are a variety of bariatric options available, including:
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery combines stomach restriction with a partial bypass of the small intestine. This operation creates a direct connection from the stomach to the lower segment of the small intestine, skipping the parts of the digestive tract that absorb calories and nutrients.
- Gastric sleeve, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is another type of restrictive procedure that reduces the stomach's size. Surgeons remove more than half of the stomach, but no medical device is implanted.
- Gastric band surgery places an adjustable balloon around the top of the stomach to essentially function as an hourglass. The band can be adjusted in the office to control the rate that food empties, providing a feeling of satisfaction after a small meal and affecting hunger regulation hormones.
When possible, our bariatric surgeons use minimally invasive robotic surgery to perform weight-loss procedures. This advanced technology is done through smaller incisions than traditional surgery, meaning less pain, reduced scarring and a quicker recovery for bariatric patients.
Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery?
If you've tried to lose weight in the past but haven't been able to keep the weight off and you meet certain requirements, you may qualify for weight loss surgery.
Generally, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you:
- Are 18 years old or older
- Have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40
- Have a BMI greater than 35 and have one or more serious health conditions related to morbid obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and acid reflux.
- Are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period, even with medical weight loss programs
Changing lives with weight-loss surgery
We want you to be as prepared and comfortable as possible for your surgery—and your new life. To help guide you through this process, we've created a step-by-step plan for you:
- Contact our center by calling (843) 875-8994.
- Attend our free information session
- Complete pre-assessment forms
- Meet with an exercise physiologist, registered dietitian and bariatric surgeon
- Check-in for surgery
The education and support don't end after surgery. Support groups, online communication and physician visits are also available. We focus on providing you with all the tools necessary for success and your new healthy life.
Find a bariatric surgeon to get you on the path to a healthier life.
Attend an information session
Free information seminars are offered twice a month for patients interested in seeking bariatric surgery as a weight-loss option. We cover surgery options, risks and benefits of the procedure and your next steps to begin the process. It is an informal discussion with time made available for questions and answers.
Virtual seminars are being offered online. Call (843) 875-8994 to register.