Weight loss center in Frankfort, Kentucky

At Frankfort Regional Health, our specialists use bariatric surgery as a tool to help patients lose weight. We work with patients one-on-one to determine the best procedure for their unique situation, to ensure they receive the care that is right for them. We also offer postoperative support, including education about new lifestyle choices, so patients are able to remain healthy after their surgery.

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Weight loss surgery

Bariatric surgery, also referred to as "weight loss surgery," is a procedure used to help patients who have not been able to experience weight loss through traditional methods. Weight loss surgery can be an effective, long-term solution when coupled with lifestyle changes—including diet and exercise.

However, bariatric surgery is an advanced, major surgery, which is why it is suggested that interested patients meet with a specialist for a consultation. This will allow the patient and doctor to explore all options for weight loss, including non-surgical alternatives.

Benefits of weight loss surgery

Over time, obesity impacts a person's health and leads to serious medical conditions. Bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of many of these obesity-related conditions, such as:

Types of bariatric surgery

Our bariatric surgeons offer the following weight loss procedures:

Roux en-Y gastric bypass (gastric bypass)

The Roux en-Y gastric bypass, also referred to as "gastric bypass", is one of the most common types of malabsorptive surgeries. Malabsorptive procedures restrict food and calorie intake as well as the amount of nutrients the body absorbs.

During a gastric bypass procedure, a smaller stomach pouch is created and attached to the small intestine. This causes food to bypass the lower stomach and part of the small intestine, resulting in a reduction of nutrients and, therefore, calories. Gastric bypass is both non-reversible and non-adjustable.

Advantages of gastric bypass include:

  • Patients often experience greater weight loss than with gastric banding or sleeve surgeries.
  • Weight loss is generally maintained the longest after surgery compared to other weight loss procedures.

Single anastomosis duodeno-ileal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy (SADI-S)

The SADI-S is a combination surgery that uses techniques of both gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgeries. During the procedure, a small gastric sleeve is created to reduce the size of the stomach.

Surgeons then connect the new, smaller stomach to the lower part of the small intestine, causing the food to bypass the lower stomach and part of the small intestine. This means less food and nutrients will be absorbed, resulting in weight loss.

Advantages of SADI-S

  • There is no need for postoperative adjustments.
  • Most patients do not require revision surgery

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)

A vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also referred to as a "gastric sleeve," is restrictive weight loss surgery in which a large portion of the stomach—approximately 85 percent—is removed. The remaining part of the stomach is approximately the size of a banana.

Some patients choose to have this surgery if they are concerned about having a device implanted in their body, such as a gastric band or balloon.

Advantages of gastric sleeve

  • There is no need for postoperative adjustments.
  • Vitamins and nutrients are still fully absorbed into the body.

Candidates for weight loss surgery

A patient's need for weight loss surgery is determined by several factors, including a patient's classification of obesity.

Obesity is determined by body mass index (BMI) as follows:

  • BMI less than 18.5 is considered underweight
  • BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy
  • BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 is considered overweight
  • BMI between 30.0 and 34.9 is considered obese
  • BMI between 35.0 and 39.9 is considered severely obese
  • BMI greater than or equal to 40 is considered morbidly obese

Patients may qualify for surgery if they are 18 years old or older and have one of the following:

  • A BMI greater than 40
  • A BMI greater than 35 and one or more serious health conditions related to morbid obesity
  • An inability to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even with medical weight loss programs

It should also be noted that BMI does not distinguish between excess fat and muscle. The BMI of an extremely muscular person may technically classify them as obese, when they are actually not.

BMI Calculator

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