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Weight loss surgery can be an extremely beneficial option for those who struggle losing weight that has become hazardous to their health. Many medical related problems are rooted in obesity, and surgery is a quick answer to helping reduce a life-threatening, health problem.
Weight loss surgery works in two ways to help people lose weight. The first is called malabsorption, which is where the food is diverted from a part of the small intestine, causing less calories to be absorbed into the body, thus aiding in weight loss. The second is called restriction, which is where the stomach is prevented to stretch to its normal size, so it keeps the person feeling fuller on less amount of food. After surgery, depending on the type, people generally lose 30% - 50% of their extra weight six months after.
The way a surgery is performed is either laparoscopy or laparotomy, also known as open surgery. In a laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon inserts a camera and tools through several 1 inch incisions along the belly, whereas for laparotomy, a larger incision is made for open surgery if it is necessary.
At Athena Wellness, we understand that having any of these surgeries is a very important decision that will dramatically change your life. We can formulate a plan before and after your surgery to help make your weight loss journey successful. We will adjust your nutrition for maximal weight loss while protecting your lean muscle mass and preventing effects from startvation such as hair loss. Our experienced and highly trained physician and staff will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have and help you along the path to a healthier and happier life. We also provide pre- and post-operative support for our patients who have made the decision to have surgery. We will be there to guide you through every step of the way to make sure you are set up for success!
Are you considering surgery? Come in for a consult and we will make a plan together and decide if a referral to a surgeon is the best option.
Have you already decided to have surgery? Come in for a consult for a nutrition plan to optimize your weight loss. At Athena, we will never try to talk you out of a surgery. Our job is to make you successful and happy and we are privileged to participate in your journey. We will work with your surgeon to give you the best care.
Do you need 6 months in a weight loss program before your insurance will pay for your surgery? We do this all of the time. We will spend the 6 months together working on nutrition and behavior changes to maximize your weight loss with surgery.
Have you had bariatric surgery and started gaining weight back? We see many patients in this situation. We will get you back on track. We understand how emotional this can be when you are gaining back after surgery, and we want to reassure you that we are sensitive to this. Athena is a safe place to come back to and we will work together to reverse the situation.
Are you new to Athena Wellness Center? Fill out our forms online to get started, fast. Then schedule an appointment with our friendly, dedicated staff. Let’s start achieving your goals, today!
Receive the guidance you need and have all of your questions answered. Our doctors can help you achieve success and accomplish your weight loss goals. Contact our specialists today!
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