If you are considering surgical weight loss, it is important to inform yourself about your options and what you can expect. To help you become educated about the procedure, Riverside Community Hospital offers free surgical weight loss seminars conducted by one of our bariatric surgeons. During the talk, he or she will provide detailed information on the following topics:
Types of Bariatric Surgery
Riverside Community Hospital’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss provides three minimally-invasive surgical weight loss options: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy. During the surgical weight loss seminar, you can learn about the anatomical differences between these procedures, as well as how they work and the hospital stay involved.
Benefits of Surgical Weight Loss
Every person has different reasons for wanting weight loss surgery, but our seminar will cover the major benefits offered by the procedure. These may include a reduction in the severity of diabetes, arthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, and hypertension, as well as a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, and degenerative disc disease.
Risks of Surgery
As with all surgical procedures, weight loss surgery carries certain risks. While opting for a laparoscopic technique rather than open surgery can help decrease your pain, recovery time, and risk of infection, complications occasionally occur involving postoperative bleeding, gastrointestinal leakage, blood clots, and dumping syndrome. Our surgeons can help you understand the likelihood of these occurrences and how your eligibility for surgery factors into your risk.
The amount of weight you lose after bariatric surgery greatly depends on your motivation to change your lifestyle. During the seminar, you will learn why it is vital to follow your surgeon’s specific instructions regarding the type and amount of food you eat, as well as your physical activity levels and cessation of detrimental behaviors such as smoking.
Our next surgical weight loss seminar is at Riverside Community Hospital on Tuesday, September 4th at 6 pm. While it is free to attend, we ask that you reserve your spot by calling (951) 788-3463 to register.