Bariatric Surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, has been around since the 60’s but has recently become more popular in the last 20 years.
Dr. Michael Trahan, a Martha Jefferson Hospital Bariatric Surgeon, explains although these procedures have become more popular it is not for everyone. The ideal candidates are a low risk for anesthetic complications, psychologically stable and must have a realistic outlook.
Essentially we’re bypassing the stomach where all the food is held. and creating a small pouch where food will go. Because of the severe restriction the brain thinks you’re full and so you don’t have the urge to eat. You feel full after eating a very small amount of food and you stay full longer.
At Martha Jefferson we require that someone who is interested come to one of our free seminars to learn more detail about the pluses and minuses of both procedures. At that seminar we offer a questionnaire that you can fill out if you’re interested in being considered…and from there we’ll contact you and start the interview process.
our next seminar is May 7th and if you’re interested in attending you just have to register for the class. Call the number on your screen.