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Obesity Surgery



Obesity Surgery

As bariatric surgeons in California, our surgeries are designed to help the obese, with those with a body mass index (BMI) over 30. Sometimes, lower BMI’s may be concerned if there is an imminent health threat. As obesity surgeons, California’s Lite Life Surgery is designed to provide patients with lasting results.

It is not always easy to decide if you want to undergo obesity surgery. California residents, like people everywhere, must consider the long-term outcome. With all types of weight loss surgery, California’s Lite Life offers an excellent prognosis. In fact, whether it’s duodenal switch surgery or lap band surgery, California patients typically see huge results. Often, patients see an 80 percent reduction in their excess weight. This reduction is often quick, with rapid results in the first few months and the majority of weight being lost within the first two years following the surgery. Weight loss surgery is often a permanent solution and patients who undergo it are able to keep their weight off once and for all. We can work with you to make sure this happens. Our nutrition and diet programs are designed to help patients maintain a healthy weight.


Among the most popular weight loss procedures is stomach bypass surgery, more commonly called gastric bypass surgery. During the gastric bypass procedure, a small stomach pouch is created with the goal of limiting food intake. After this new pouch is made, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch. This allows food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (or the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). Once this bypass is made, the amount of calories and nutrients that can be absorbed is reduced, resulting in rapid weight loss.Palm Springs gastric bypass surgery, and surgery that happens elsewhere, is designed to treat those who are morbidly obese. A person is considered morbidly obese if their BMI is more than 40 (and considered obese it it over 30). Sometimes, in the state of California, gastric bypass surgery is used to treat those who have lower BMI's when obesity related illnesses - such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol - are present. People who undergo this procedure can expect to lose around sixty to seventy percent of their excess weight. This weight loss typically takes place within two years.Stomach bypass surgery, like many weight loss procedures, can be done laparoscopically. The advantages of laparoscopic gastric bypass are many. To begin with, a laparoscopic gastric bypass can minimize the risks of surgery. This type of procedure can also limit bleeding, reduce recovery times, and limit the days spent in a hospital. Laparoscopic procedures typically only involve small incisions rather than a large surgical scar.Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery are met with several advantages. In addition to the rapid weight loss that results, bariatric bypass surgery has a long and proven track record and has been around for years. It is also backed by studies and experience. Those who undergo laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery also tend to lose a bit more weight than those who undergo a gastric band procedure.The lap gastric bypass is particularly good for people who enjoy eating sweets. This is because the "dumping syndrome" takes affect when sweets and chocolates are eaten. During the dumping syndrome, ingested foods bypass the stomach and enter the small intestine mostly undigested. This prevents the body from absorbing the calories and fat that sweets almost always possess.Though this procedure has many advantages, it is not without its cons. It requires a longer recovery time than other weight loss procedures, it's permanent, and can result in minor late weight gain. People who undergo this procedure also need to take nutritional and mineral supplements, often for life.For those living in the area of Souther California, gastric bypass surgery at Lite Life Surgery is a wonderful way to remove excess pounds and restore health.


Gastric sleeve surgery is a relatively new approach to weight loss surgery. Like all weight loss surgeries, it is geared to help the obese and morbidly obese lose an extreme amount of excess weight. Lite Life Surgery in Palm Springs provides expertise in the gastric sleeve surgery procedure.



The sleeve gastrectomy surgery is the first component of the duodenal switch operation (a procedure that bypasses most of the small intestines and causes the body to absorb less calories and fat). During the gastric sleeve surgery, the lateral 2/3rds of the stomach are excluded with a stapling device. The end result of stomach sleeve surgery is a stomach that is shaped like a tube, rather than a sack. This decreases the amount of contents a stomach can hold, allows people to feel fuller sooner, and results in rapid weight loss.



The amount of weight lost from this procedure is typically between 40 and 60 percent of excessive weight within one to two years.



Like many weight loss surgeries, stomach sleeve surgery can be preformed laparoscopically, rather than as an open operation. The advantages of a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedure are reduced recovery times, less bleeding and infection, decreased pain, and less chances for serious complications. Laparoscopic procedures may even be better for patients whose health does not allow for more invasive, open operations.



Sometimes, gastric sleeve surgery is performed as an initial step in a two part bypass operation. This two part operation is often recommended if patients are extremely obese (with a BMI over 60), because the gastric sleeve surgery allows the patient to lose a good amount of weight in a short amount of time. After the patient reaches a safer BMI, the more radical bypass is then performed.



Patients who qualify for gastric sleeve surgery typically have a BMI over 40, though it is sometimes performed on patients with BMI's between 35 and 39 if they have weight related illnesses such as type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.



When comparing gastric sleeve vs gastric bypass, stomach sleeve surgery may be better for patients who can't return as often for the follow-up visits required by bypass, and banding procedures. Thus, for patients who live in remote areas around the state of California, gastric sleeve surgery is among the most viable options. For residents of Palm Springs, gastric sleeve surgery is a good option for people who travel often or are simply too busy to make several follow up appointments.



Prior to undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, patients should quit smoking to decrease their chances of life threatening complications (such as pneumonia and blood clots). Though there is limited data, this type of procedure can occasionally lead to late weight gain (years after the procedure is initially performed). If this occurs, other weight loss procedures may be performed in conjunction.



If interested in the stomach sleeve surgery, Southern California residents are encouraged to contact Lite Life Surgery for more information. We serve Banning, CA, Beaumont, CA, Palm Springs, CA, Palm Desert, Ca, Cathedral City, CA, La Quinta, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, Indio, CA, Redlands, CA, Desert Hot Springs, CA, Thousand Palms, CA to name a few.


Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a procedure well known in the medical community for being the least traumatic of all the weight loss surgeries. Because there is no cutting, no stapling, and no stomach rerouting, this type of gastric band surgery offers a quick recovery, a reduction in pain, and a shorter hospital stay than other types of weight loss surgery. Gastric band surgery is a good surgical choice for those who do not do well with more invasive procedures. Due to it being a noninvasive procedure, it is also a good choice for people who may not be healthy enough for more open procedures. It is also a good choice for those who want quick results. For residents of Palm Springs, gastric banding surgery is a great way to help restore your California body for years to come.



Though this type of surgery is minimally invasive, the results are very dramatic. This surgery works not by changing the size or your stomach, but by creating a new stomach that is smaller and less absorbent of fat and calories.



The laparoscopic gastric banding surgery is performed with the use of a laparoscope (a thin, lighted tube that acts as a type of guide). The laparoscope is used to implant an inflatable silicone band (or weight loss surgery band) into the upper abdomen of the patient. This band fastens around the upper stomach and creates a new, tinier stomach. This laparoscopic gastric banding also slows the emptying process into the stomach and intestines. As a result, patients feel full sooner, less amounts of food are consumed, and weight is lost.



After the adjustable gastric band surgery, the band can be adjusted by adding more or less salt solution to the band. This adjustment can make the band tighter or looser and can change the size of the newly created stomach, making it smaller or bigger and allowing for less or more food consumption.



The advantages of this type of gastric banding surgery are many. As discussed above they include no intestinal rerouting, least invasiveness of all weight loss surgeries, no cutting or stapling, and a quicker recovery. However, the advantages of this gastric band surgery don't stop there. Other advantages include a lower mortality risk than other weight loss surgeries, lower risk of nutritional deficiencies, and no permanency (the band can be removed at any time).



This gastric banding surgery also supports pregnancy, allows for adjustability and individual weight loss customization, and offers effective, long term weight loss. For people in the state of California, gastric banding surgery at Lite Life Surgery is a wonderful way to restore your health and yourself. We serve Banning, CA, Beaumont, CA, Palm Springs, CA, Palm Desert, Ca, Cathedral City, CA, La Quinta, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, Indio, CA, Redlands, CA, Desert Hot Springs, CA, Thousand Palms, CA to name a few.


A duodenal switch procedure is a type of weight loss surgery that removes (or excludes) 2/3rds of the stomach and bypasses a long portion of the small intestine. The end result is a significant reduction in the amount of fat and calories that can be absorbed by the body. This ultimately causes a rapid loss of large amounts of weight.



When compared to other weight loss surgeries, the duodenal switch surgery offers the most weight loss. In addition to weight loss, the amount of food that can be consumed is also an advantage. The duodenal switch procedure allows for more sustenance to be consumed, providing the patient with the ability to enjoy the foods they love. In fact, those who undergo this procedure often find that they don't need to significantly alter their eating habits. However, if fatty or greasy foods are overeaten (such as hamburger and fries) diarrhea and gas often results.



The Duodenal Switch Procedure



Palm Springs duodenal switch procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Because the duodenal switch surgery is a laparoscopic procedure, the surgery is minimally invasive and the risks are less than more invasive procedures. Laparoscopic procedures often also result in less pain, shorter recovery times, and less bleeding than open surgeries.



A laparoscopic duodenal switch begins with the surgeon making small incisions in the areas of the middle abdomen and stomach. During the laparoscopic duodenal switch, the surgeon will use a laparoscope (a thin, lighted tube that is inserted into the incision) to guide him or her towards the stomach and intestines.



As the duodenal switch procedure progresses, the stomach stays attached to the beginning portion of the small intestine (the duodenum). The duodenum is then separated from the middle segment of the small intestine and attached to the lowest section. Thus, the duodenal switch surgery results in bypassing the majority of the small intestine. This bypass causes the body to reduce the amount of calories and fat it can absorb.



After the Procedure



The duodenal switch surgery produces wonderful results. Within two years of the procedure, patients typically lose 70 to 80 percent of their excess weight. Though most of the weight is lost within the first two years, it is kept off. This is a procedure that produces lasting results. Because of the quick weight loss, those who undergo a duodenal switch procedure may be advised by their duodenal switch surgeons to take supplements and vitamins to prevent the nutritional deficiencies that can occur. Often, these supplements should be taken for life.



For those in Southern California, and other regions in the state of California, duodenal switch surgeons at Life Lite Surgery can help remove your excess weight, restore your health, and find a brand new you. . We serve Banning, CA, Beaumont, CA, Palm Springs, CA, Palm Desert, Ca, Cathedral City, CA, La Quinta, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, Indio, CA, Redlands, CA, Desert Hot Springs, CA, Thousand Palms, CA to name a few.

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