Gastric Bypass, Sleeve and Lap-Band
Surgical therapy for obesity, or “bariatric surgery,” has become standard treatment for many high-risk patients with what was termed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as having “clinically severe obesity.” Endocrinologists strive to follow published clinical practice guidelines for Obesity Surgery as published by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), The Obesity Society (TOS), and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Your physician will use a total body approach. Gastric bypass and Lap-band patients face many challenges. Factors to manage before and after surgery include:
- Nutritional assessment
- Vitamin and mineral replacement
- Hormonal evaluation
- Psychological evaluation
- Anatomic evaluation
- Metabolic evaluation
- Management of complications
- Treatment of weight plateau or failure to achieve normal body weight or goal weight.