Dr. Gonzalez explains how a woman can decide which bariatric procedure is best for her.
There are three types of bariatric surgery. There are laparoscopic adjustable bands, there’s the sleeve gastrectomy, and there’s the gastric bypass. And there are multiple factors that we take into account in trying to decide what’s the best operation for you. First is, “What’s your Body Mass Index?” Depending on how high or low your Body Mass Index is will help us determine what operation is best for you.
Number two is, “What are your eating habits?” If you are a volume eater and you eat in large volumes, a band or sleeve may be a sufficient operation, but if you skip volumes in order to eat sweets, sugars, the dessert, you love the cheese cake or the ice cream, then you may have to be concerned about having just a restrictive operation like a band or it may not help you lose enough weight.
But the third and most important thing is it’s a personal decision. You can decide for what operation you want to have. In other words, the government in 1991 said that you qualify for bariatric surgery, and you can have any of these operations. So it’s up to you to decide, and that decision will be made after a consultation with a surgeon.
About Dr. Gonzalez, M.D.:
Anthony Gonzalez, M.D., is a general and bariatric surgeon at the Baptist Hospital of Miami and South Miami Hospital. He has been practicing medicine for more than 10 years and focuses his interest on bariatric surgery and laparoscopic surgery.