Weight loss surgery involves surgically reducing the size of the stomach and possibly altering the small intestine to aid in weight loss.
Criteria for Weight Loss Surgery
- Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 40
- BMI greater than or equal to 35, along with a weight-related (co-morbid) condition: diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or sleep apnea
- Repeated failed attempts at nonsurgerical weight loss
The size of the stomach is reduced restricting the volume of food that be consumed.
Adjustable Gastric Band
The size of the stomach is reduced restricting the volume of food consumed and the small intestine is altered to decrease absorption of calories and nutrients.