At Southern Oregon Bariatric Center we perform Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery, Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass surgery, and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery (the LAP-BAND® System and Realize Band® ),with either laparoscopic or “open” techniques depending on the individual needs of the patient.
Our comprehensive program includes psychological evaluation, education, dietary and exercise counseling both before and after surgery. Attendance at support group is strongly encouraged for at least 18 months after surgery. Ongoing educational classes and special events are offered on dietary, exercise and behavior modification to support a lifetime of success after bariatric surgery.
It is important to understand that bariatric surgery is a major surgery. It should be viewed first and foremost as a method for alleviating a debilitating disease. Although most patients enjoy an improvement in obesity-related health conditions (such as mobility, self-image and self-esteem) after the successful results of weight loss surgery, these results should not be the primary reason for having the procedure. As Dr. Eaton often says, "We're not in the business of making skinny people. We want to help make people healthier." The goal is to live better, healthier, and longer. The incidence of risks and complications from gastric bypass surgery, an adjustable gastric banding procedure or gastric sleeve are very low; however, they should be considered when making a decision as to your candidacy for the procedure. A summary of risks and benefits may be found here.
We have provided information on various weight loss operations here and also in our Related Topics FAQ for you to understand the different treatment options available. Before making your decision, it is best to be well informed.