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Bariatric Surgery

Treatments


The Bariatric Surgery Program at Albany Medical Center offers the most comprehensive care available for patients. From pre-screening, to follow-up appointments, bariatric patients are guided by experts committed to helping them get healthy and stay healthy.

The program can help people treat and manage the following problems:

  • Heart disease risk
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restrictions in physical activities, such as walking

Treatments include lifestyle and nutritional guidance and surgery based on the approval of your provider.

Pre-Assessment
Every person considering weight loss surgery is required to go through a pre-assessment period of three to six months. During this assessment, a nutritionist evaluates the patient and provides individualized guidance on how to eat a healthful diet including all the nutrients the body needs. Because certain types of surgery change the way the body absorbs nutrients, it is important to eliminate foods high in fat and sugar and begin choosing foods that are easily digestible and nutritionally dense. Nutritionists also provide guidance and counseling on exercise. Candidates will be helped to lose at least 10% of their total weight during this pre-assessment period.
These changes are critical to successful weight loss before and after surgery. Patients are encouraged to attend Albany Med's weekly support groups before and after surgery.

Surgery
All patients considering weight loss surgery must make a commitment to healthy diet and exercise programs. For many, this will involve changing an existing relationship with food. To support patients throughout this process, Albany Med has a team of committed nurse practitioners, nutritionists, mental health experts and support professionals available to act as coaches and supports, helping patients achieve their weight loss goals.

If patients are successful in losing weight with changes to exercise and food alone, they will continue to visit our nutritionist for support. Patients who find that these changes do not help them reach weight loss goals will meet with a surgeon to discuss surgery options.

Bariatric surgery is a tool that has proved successful in fighting severe obesity. There are two surgeries that can result in significant, long-term weight loss: gastric restrictive and malabsorptive procedures.

  • Gastric Restrictive Procedures decrease the size of the stomach so a person feels full after eating a small amount of food.
  • Malabsorptive Procedures alter the digestive process so fewer calories are absorbed.

Both of these procedures can be performed via open or laparoscopic surgery.