Board-Certified Obesity Medicine Specialists & Lifestyle Medicine located in Marietta, GA
Bariatric surgery can help you lose up to half of your excess weight within six months— but to achieve peak success, you need more than just the surgery. At Excelsis Health, board-certified obesity medicine specialist Angelina Cain, MD, offers comprehensive bariatric surgery care before and after the surgery in the Marietta, Georgia, office. Dr. Cain supervises your nutrition, diet, and medications every step of the way to ensure your success. Book an appointment online or call the office now.
Bariatric Surgery Q & A
What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is weight loss surgery. There are several types of bariatric surgery, including:
A sleeve gastrectomy surgically eliminates around 80% of your stomach. The tube-shaped pouch that's left serves as your new stomach.
A gastric bypass sections off a small pouch of the stomach and reroutes the gastrointestinal tract. When you eat, the food bypasses the majority of your stomach, going into the small intestine, so you absorb fewer calories and less fat.
A gastric banding procedure places an adjustable band in the upper part of your stomach. This sections off the top part of your stomach to limit food consumption.
Each type of surgery can have benefits and drawbacks. If you qualify for bariatric surgery, Dr. Cain discusses your options and recommends the surgery that can give you the best results.
Will I qualify for bariatric surgery?
Dr. Cain can perform a complete health evaluation to determine whether you qualify for bariatric surgery. The main qualifying factors are:
- Inability to achieve sustained weight loss
- Body mass index (BMI) of more than 40, or 100 pounds overweight
- BMI over 35, with obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes
Bariatric surgery isn’t always the right choice for everyone who qualifies. To succeed with bariatric surgery, you must commit to a new way of living. If you’re ready to make dietary and overall life changes to get healthy, Dr. Cain can help you every step of the way.
What happens before and after bariatric surgery?
Before bariatric surgery, Dr. Cain helps you prepare with nutritional management, which includes teaching you new habits to lay the groundwork for success after surgery. You’ll typically follow a nutritionally complete liquid meal replacement plan before your procedure.
After bariatric surgery, you’ll typically continue with a liquid meal replacement plan, according to Dr. Cain’s directions. After the first few weeks, Dr. Cain guides you as you introduce pureed and soft foods, especially nutritious ones with high protein content.
Over time, you’ll resume eating solid foods, but with a whole new focus on nutrition and overall health.
Vitamins and supplements are also essential after bariatric surgery. Dr. Cain recommends pharmaceutical-grade supplements, which you can order conveniently online for home delivery.
Excelsis Health offers nutrition, diet, and medications for bariatric surgery, both before and after the procedure. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.