Medical Weight Loss — Surgical & Non-Surgical Options You Can Consider

May 30, 2022

Weight loss can be a challenging aspect for many individuals. Usually, people start with exercise and diets to shed off a few kgs. However, sometimes, even diligent diet and physical activity does not seem to make a prominent difference, which might leave you hopeless. But before you think you’ve tried it all — think again!

In this advancing age of new discoveries and technologies, everything has become a bit more convenient than it used to be. With multiple medical weight loss solutions, both surgical and non-surgical, at your disposal, your journey has just begun. Therefore, you can consult a specialist to learn the best way to lose weight.

Are you unfamiliar with the idea of medical weight loss? Worry not! In this blog, we will tell you all about the different solutions available.

Non-Surgical Medical Weight Loss Solutions

Advances in bariatric medicine have introduced some innovative medical weight loss solutions that do not involve surgery. This way, you can look into effective weight loss solutions without having to undergo any operation.

Here are some popular non-surgical medical weight loss solutions:

1. ORBERA Gastric Balloon
Composed of medical-grade silicone, ORBERA is a soft and inflatable balloon that a bariatric surgeon inserts into the stomach with the help of an endoscope. This balloon, containing sterile saline water, passes through the individual’s mouth and into their stomach. Therefore, the patient will feel fuller between meals due to the balloon. Moreover, the presence of the gastric balloon makes one feel full quickly, leaving little to no desire to eat.
With this safe method, a patient loses considerable weight since it helps them develop healthy eating habits. Plus, weight loss occurs at a steady rate.

2. OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System
Some patients who go under bariatric surgery gain unwanted weight over time. This is because the upper stomach slowly re-expands to its original size. OverStitch helps people after gastric bypass by adjusting the size of the stomach in a non-surgical manner.

3. Lipotropic Injections
Lipotropics help your body process and get rid of unwanted fat. It is a collection of three natural substances, also known as essential amino acids. Hence, if someone struggles to shed excess weight, they can kick-start their weight loss journey using lipotropic injections. By optimizing metabolic rates and increasing liver function, lipotropic injections help optimize metabolic rates and increase liver function.

Surgical Medical Weight Loss Options

Bariatric procedures also include surgeries that focus on weight loss. Not everyone can qualify for this surgery, and you can only opt for these if you meet the requirements. Bariatric surgery includes:

1. Gastric Sleeve
Also called sleeve gastrectomy, this surgical procedure involves removing almost 60% of the stomach. This way, you feel full after eating a small meal, and it decreases the hunger signals sent to your brain.

2. Gastric Bypass
In a gastric bypass procedure, the bariatric surgeon essentially divides your stomach and creates a small pouch that can hold a small meal. Then, the surgeon will attach the Y-shaped section of the small intestine to the divided pouch. Hence, a bypass for food is created as the food skips part of the digestive system. Since your body does not absorb as many calories, you cannot eat like you used to.

3. Gastric Band
Gastric band, or laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAP) band, a few minor incisions are made in the abdomen. The band, then, is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, which limits the amount of food you can consume.

Closing Word

In short, you can look into many medical weight loss solutions if you struggle to lose unwanted weight. Our experts at Nova Bariatrics are well-equipped with the tools and expertise needed for bariatric procedures. So, without further ado, call us at (469) 639-0953.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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