Surgical operations for the control of clinically severe obesity are based on one or both of two principles. The first is restriction, whereby the amount of calories or food ingested is controlled by limiting space available. The second principle is malabsorption, whereby the absorption of food is controlled or reduced.
Since the advent of bariatric surgery in 1959, operations have been improved and modified again and again, undergoing many changes while overcoming a questionable early history. Early failures were associated with techniques which have since been abandoned, such as the jejunal-ileal bypass, simple gastric stapling, and the horizontal gastroplasty procedure. Surgeons have continued to modify and improve surgical procedures in view of the ineffectiveness of most non-surgical methods. Further enhancements are in process as new technologies and surgical methods become available.
Our nationally recognized bariatric surgeons perform three options for weight-loss surgery
As with any surgery, these procedures carry risks and possible side effects, but the amount of weight loss can be significant and dramatic.
Missouri Bariatric Services does accept candiates for revision of previous bariatric surgery on a case-by-case basis. Read more...