Several studies pointed out the efficiency of bariatric surgeries as a first-line solution for treating obesity and associated comorbidities. Such surgical options as gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or Lap-band surgery soon become a popular option as more and more research revealed the life-changing benefits of these interventions and as laparoscopic medical tools became a standard use for these weight loss surgeries, increasing their success rates, reducing scarring and recovery times for patients.
According to the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery bariatric surgery “is known to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for morbid obesity and many related conditions“. Such medical conditions as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea are among the high-risk factors associated with severe obesity. Patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery showed significant improvements and in many cases total remission from these comorbidities.
Today there are several types of surgical methods that can address obesity, some are working by altering the stomach and digestive system by removing and bypassing a large section of it, some are less invasive and applies restriction using medical tools such as adjustable gastric bands.
Before considering any type of bariatric surgery, those suffering from obesity should be aware of the guidelines and recommendations set by the National Institutes of Health and by respected medical associations such as the ASMBS or the American College of Physicians. Only patients with a BMI of 40 and over or a BMI of over 35 with an associated health condition should consider bariatric surgeries as treatment options. Also, it is highly recommended to consult with an experienced bariatric surgeon about the available options and choose the right method based on his judgment and professional guidance.
In Los Angeles County, a well respected and experienced bariatric surgeon is Dr. Jeremy Korman, the medical director of the L.A. Bariatrics weight loss surgery clinic within Marina Del Rey Hospital. He performed well over a thousand surgeries up to date and his skill and dexterity with the latest laparoscopic medical instruments made him a highly sought after weight loss surgeon in the greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Korman launched a series of visual guides, aimed to present in more detail and in an easily understandable manner popular bariatric surgeries, such as the gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery, that he performs at L.A. Bariatrics.