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Is LAP-BAND to Gastric Sleeve Conversion Right for You?

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A man in a light blue shirt holds a yellow measuring tape around his waistline. 

There are many methods available today to help you lose weight. Using a gastric band, or LAP-BAND, is just one way you can effectively reach your weight loss goals. However, it may not be the right option for everyone. Approximately 20% of patients will not lose the amount of weight they expected from this procedure. Fortunately, there are alternatives available to help these patients achieve the results they desire. Corrective procedures, like LAP-BAND conversions, can be done. The bariatric surgeons at Birmingham Minimally Invasive are here to help you determine if this procedure is right for you.

What is a LAP-BAND Conversion?

A LAP-BAND conversion to sleeve, also known as a gastric band-to-sleeve conversion, is a bariatric procedure. It involves removing an existing gastric band, also known as a LAP-BAND, and replacing it with a gastric sleeve, which reduces the size of the stomach by about two-thirds. This procedure is less invasive than other weight loss surgeries as it is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not alter any part of the gastrointestinal system. While removal of the band alone is possible, it may lead to the patient regaining the weight they previously lost. 

Ideal Candidates for LAP-BAND Conversion

Ideal candidates for this procedure are those who have a LAP-BAND but are not experiencing the results they desire. You may also have complications that force you to remove the band but still want to continue your weight loss journey through the use of bariatric surgery. Converting the LAP-BAND to a gastric sleeve often produces better results than other weight loss methods for these patients. However, your surgeon can further discuss the benefits and risks of this procedure with you as part of your initial consultation to determine if you are a suitable candidate.

Side Effects of LAP-BAND Conversion

Since a LAP-BAND conversion is a repeat operation performed on an individual who has already had bariatric surgery, it does increase the risk of potential side effects. These include an increased risk of bleeding, post-operative leaks, and the need for an open operation instead of a laparoscopic one for both the gastric sleeve and band removal procedures. This risk and the side effects experienced may vary. However, your surgeon can discuss these with you during your initial consultation.

Gastric Sleeves: The Next Step in LAP-BAND Conversion

Once the LAP-BAND is removed as part of the conversion procedure, it is replaced with a gastric sleeve. While it sounds like another band will be added to the stomach in place of the original device, this procedure actually changes the structure of the stomach. These structural changes reduce the size of the stomach, thereby limiting the quantity of food you can eat and the number of calories you consume.

Since you are already under anesthetic for the LAP-BAND removal, the gastric sleeve procedure can be done faster than a standalone surgery. Performed laparoscopically, this procedure does not involve large abdominal incisions. After your LAP-BAND is removed, your surgeon will divide your stomach in a vertical manner to remove a major portion of it, about two-thirds. The remaining portion is joined together using surgical staples, resulting in a smaller stomach.

Get the Results You Desire With LAP-BAND Conversion

Bariatric surgery can be an effective method of weight loss. However, not every procedure is right for every patient. If you have a LAP-BAND and are not experiencing the results you desire, a LAP-BAND conversion may be a better fit. The surgical team at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery can help you determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Contact us to set up an initial consultation today! 


Enhance Your Weight Loss With BMI’s LAP-BAND Conversion

If you’re not sure whether you are a candidate for a LAP-BAND Conversion, the experienced bariatric surgeons at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery can help. We are available to answer any questions and concerns you may have about this procedure or other weight loss methods. If you have specific concerns or questions, contact BMI for personalized support. You can call us anytime at (205) 858-1211.

Sleeve-tober: Limited-Time Offer for Discounted Weight Loss Surgery

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gastric sleeve weight loss surgery

Are you ready to transform your life and take a decisive step towards achieving your weight loss goals? This October, seize the opportunity you’ve been waiting for with Sleevetober – a remarkable weight loss surgery promotion brought to you by BMI Surgery.

Don’t let the chance to invest in yourself and experience real, life-changing results pass you by. Throughout this special extended for October, our renowned board-certified surgeon, Dr. Long, and his exceptional team will guide you on a three-day journey to a healthier you.

Discover all the vital details of this exclusive offer, including the who, what, when, where, and how you can embark on this transformative path to a new you. Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity in Sleevetober to finally realize your weight loss dreams!

 

How Much Does Weight Loss Surgery Cost?

Discover an extraordinary opportunity this October for weight loss surgery at just $7,999, a significant discount from the typical $15,000 price. This all-inclusive rate covers facility, surgeon, and anesthesiologist fees, along with your initial postoperative visit.

Follow-up visits are available at $125 each to ensure optimal results. Additional tests like lab work, EKGs, or chest X-rays are not included but are generally unnecessary. Be informed in advance if any extra testing is required. Unfortunately, we can’t reimburse the price difference if you’ve previously paid for the surgery without enrolling in the Weight Loss Priority Pass program. Don’t miss this unique chance for a life-changing transformation!

Experience the BMI Priority Pass This October

Located in Birmingham, AL, BMI Surgery offers Priority Pass, an accelerated weight loss surgery process. You can undergo preoperative testing and surgery in just two days, returning home on day three. If you live more than two hours away, you may want to recover locally for a day before traveling, but luckily, many hotels offer a discount for our patients.

Who: Body Mass Index Below 60

If your body mass index (BMI) is below 60, you may qualify for this promotion! While we can’t guarantee everyone will be a candidate for this procedure, you will most likely be a suitable candidate if you’re in good health with no previous weight loss surgeries. We require medical clearance from your primary care doctor for surgery and cardiology clearance if you have a history of cardiac issues. Similarly, if you have a history of lung disease, we’ll need approval from your pulmonologist. We’ll provide the forms…you just need to send them!

Please note that if we haven’t received clearance from your care team within seven days before surgery, your operation will be canceled, and the cancellation fee will be applied.

When: October

To get this exceptional pricing, your surgery must be performed in October 2023, a.k.a. Sleevetober. There’s limited availability, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to contact a friendly member of our team for more information.

You’ll need to begin a preoperative liquid diet, so consider this when selecting your surgery date. The duration of this diet depends on your BMI, and a staff member will cover this and other ways to prepare before your surgery.

Where: Outpatient Services East

All procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at Outpatient Services East. We’ve been performing outpatient weight loss surgery in this outstanding facility for more than ten years.

This facility is also connected to St. Vincent’s East, a full-service hospital facility. If you’re anxious before your procedure, knowing you’re a stone’s throw away from the nearest hospital often offers peace of mind.

What: More Details

Preparation is key, especially when it comes to weight loss surgery. To begin, paperwork will be emailed to you as soon as your appointment is booked and will need to be completed within 24 hours of booking. If not, your appointment may be canceled. Additionally, if you’re taking any blood thinning medication, you’ll need to come off this medication as soon as possible. Be sure to consult with your primary care doctor before removing blood thinners from your daily routine.

It’s important to note that there’s a $500 cancellation fee if the procedure is canceled or rescheduled within ten days of surgery. However, in the rare case that the anesthesiologist reviews your history and decides you aren’t a candidate for surgery at the Outpatient center, you can cancel the procedure without a penalty or schedule the procedure for same-day in the hospital (at a higher cost than the Sleevetober price).

The Time is Now: Invest in Yourself with BMI Surgery

Now is the perfect moment to embark on a journey of self-transformation. With weight loss surgery, you can enhance not only your self-assurance but also alleviate weight-related health issues such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, and more.

A brighter, healthier life awaits you. Will you take the first step?

Want to Take Advantage of Sleevetober? Call Us Today!

Proudly serving Birmingham, AL, and surrounding areas, BMI Surgery offers fast, effective, and safe weight loss surgeries, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and more. For more information about Sleevetober, call us at (205) 833-6907 or contact us online today!

Sleevetember: Discounted Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

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Woman in gray sweatpants illustrating how much weight she lost on a pink background.If you’ve been considering weight loss surgery but haven’t made the leap to invest in yourself with a weight loss method that REALLY works, Sleevetember may be your long-awaited solution! This September, BMI Surgery offers bariatric surgery at a discounted rate so you can finally achieve your weight loss goals.

In just three days, you can achieve jaw-dropping results with the help of our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Long, and his exceptional team. Learn everything you need to know about this promotion, including the who, what, when, where, and how you can take advantage of this offer.

How Much Does Weight Loss Surgery Cost?

Typically, weight loss surgery can cost upwards of $15,000, but with our September special, you can undergo a complete transformation at a discounted price—$7,999! This cost covers the facility, surgeon, and anesthesiologist fees, plus the first postoperative visit 10 to 14 days after surgery. It’s important to note that subsequent follow-up visits aren’t included in this discounted rate, costing $125 per visit. However, they are well worth it to maintain your results!

Lab work, EKGs, or chest X-rays aren’t included in this price, but fortunately, most patients don’t require these tests. We will let you know ahead of time (if possible) if you need extra testing. If you previously paid for the surgery and didn’t participate in Priority Pass (discussed below), we unfortunately cannot reimburse the difference.

Priority Pass This September

Located in Birmingham, AL, BMI Surgery offers Priority Pass, an accelerated weight loss surgery process. You can undergo preoperative testing and surgery in just two days, returning home on day three. If you live more than two hours away, you may want to recover locally for a day before traveling, but luckily, many hotels offer a discount for our patients.

Who: Body Mass Index Below 60

If your body mass index (BMI) is below 60, you may qualify for this promotion! While we can’t guarantee everyone will be a candidate for this procedure, you will most likely be a suitable candidate if you’re in good health with no previous weight loss surgeries. We require medical clearance from your primary care doctor for surgery and cardiology clearance if you have a history of cardiac issues. Similarly, if you have a history of lung disease, we’ll need approval from your pulmonologist. We’ll provide the forms…you just need to send them!

Please note that if we haven’t received clearance from your care team within seven days before surgery, your operation will be canceled, and the cancellation fee will be applied.

When: September

To get this exceptional pricing, your surgery must be performed in September 2023, a.k.a. Sleevetember. There’s limited availability, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to contact a friendly member of our team for more information.

You’ll need to begin a preoperative liquid diet, so consider this when selecting your surgery date. The duration of this diet depends on your BMI, and a staff member will cover this and other ways to prepare before your surgery.

Where: Outpatient Services East

All procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at Outpatient Services East. We’ve been performing outpatient weight loss surgery in this outstanding facility for more than ten years.

This facility is also connected to St. Vincent’s East, a full-service hospital facility. If you’re anxious before your procedure, knowing you’re a stone’s throw away from the nearest hospital often offers peace of mind.

What: More Details

Preparation is key, especially when it comes to weight loss surgery. To begin, paperwork will be emailed to you as soon as your appointment is booked and will need to be completed within 24 hours of booking. If not, your appointment may be canceled. Additionally, if you’re taking any blood thinning medication, you’ll need to come off this medication as soon as possible. Be sure to consult with your primary care doctor before removing blood thinners from your daily routine.

It’s important to note that there’s a $500 cancellation fee if the procedure is canceled or rescheduled within ten days of surgery. However, in the rare case that the anesthesiologist reviews your history and decides you aren’t a candidate for surgery at the Outpatient center, you can cancel the procedure without a penalty or schedule the procedure for same-day in the hospital (at a higher cost than the Sleevetember price).

Invest in Yourself (At a Discounted Rate) with BMI Surgery

There’s no better time than the present to change your life for the better. With weight loss surgery, you not only feel more confident but also improve any weight-related health conditions like high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, and more.

Your new life is calling! Are you going to answer?

Want to Take Advantage of Sleevetember? Call Us Today!

Proudly serving Birmingham, AL, and surrounding areas, BMI Surgery offers fast, effective, and safe weight loss surgeries, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and more. For more information about Sleevetember, call us at (205) 833-6907 or contact us online today!

Is Gastric Sleeve Permanent? Weight Loss Surgery Maintenance

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Woman looking sideways while drinking fruit detox juice in the kitchen at home.

Slow and steady wins the race. You may have heard this adage before and brushed it off as a funny saying, but it couldn’t be more true for weight loss. If you’ve tried losing weight with no success, you already know how hard it can be. Many weight loss gimmicks, like fad diets and juice cleanses, boast a drastic drop in weight, only for participants to put it back on right after the program ends.

Fortunately, weight loss surgery is an effective and safe method for lasting weight loss success. However, for the results to last, you must make steady, consistently healthy choices after surgery. Learn more about the importance of maintenance after gastric sleeve surgery from the experts at BMI Surgery.

Is Gastric Sleeve Permanent?

During gastric sleeve surgery, your surgeon removes up to two-thirds of your stomach, reducing your overall stomach capacity and calorie intake. The part of the stomach removed produces the hunger hormone called ghrelin, so many patients find they’re much less hungry after surgery too. Compared to other weight loss surgeries like LAP-BAND, gastric sleeve is permanent and cannot be reversed.

Importance of Maintenance

Patients with proper aftercare lose up to 70% of excess weight throughout the first one to two years. Not only is maintenance essential to steady weight loss but also for your health. Since your stomach will be much smaller than it once was, supplementation is vital for your nutrition. Let’s look deeper at diet, medication, exercise, and other lifestyle changes you can expect to adopt to live a healthier, happier life.

Diet

Before surgery, you and your weight loss team will discuss your diet, usually a liquid diet, for the first few weeks. However, once cleared by your surgeon, protein intake is essential to promote continued weight loss. We recommend 60 to 80 grams of protein daily, but it may be more or less depending on your individual needs.

Check out this blog for more information about preparing for your postoperative diet.

Supplements

You can expect to take a multivitamin and calcium supplement daily to prevent nutritional deficiencies. A multivitamin is an easy, hassle-free way to ensure you’re meeting your nutritional needs every day.

Calcium supports bone health, and as your body changes from surgery (and weight loss), a supplement ensures your body stays strong. You may take other supplements like Vitamin D3 or B12, but your doctor will go over your supplements in-depth with you before surgery.

Exercise

Exercise after bariatric surgery strengthens your bones and joints, promotes heart and lung health, boosts your metabolic rate, and much more. Right after surgery, you’ll get up and moving, and your surgeon will discuss a routine for the weeks following recovery. In the interest of maximizing long-term results, and per CDC recommendations, we advise 150 minutes of intense physical activity coupled with two days of muscle-strengthening training per week.

Support

After weight loss surgery, and every day for that matter, you should be proud of yourself! Even if some days are more challenging than others, you can rest assured you’re showing up for yourself. We offer support groups at BMI Surgery for those who’ve undergone weight loss surgery. Sharing triumphs and tribulations with like-minded peers can support your emotional well-being amidst drastic physical changes.

Discover a Life-Long Weight Loss Transformation

At BMI Surgery, we’re not offering a quick fix but a complete transformation that’ll last a lifetime. With years of experience, you can count on our team for comprehensive, effective, and personalized weight-loss solutions. And it doesn’t stop there. From nutritional counseling and support groups to follow-up appointments, Dr. Long and his team are with you every step of the way.

Interested in Learning More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery? Call Today!

Proudly serving Birmingham, AL, BMI Surgery is your ultimate destination for permanent weight loss. Our board-certified weight loss surgeon, Dr. Long, is experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate, creating personalized weight loss plans for each patient. Call us at (205) 833-6907 or schedule your consultation online to learn more about priority pass gastric sleeve surgery!

Weight Loss Surgery: The 5 Types of Bariatric Surgery

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Weight Loss SurgeryFrom diminished self-esteem and insecurities to health concerns and discomfort, excessive body fat can harm your physical and mental health. If you’ve been trying to lose weight with traditional methods, like diet and exercise, to no avail, we understand how frustrating it can be. However, weight loss surgery may be your long-awaited solution!

At BMI Surgery, we make weight loss simple with safe, effective bariatric surgeries. In this blog, we’re discussing the five types of weight loss surgery so that you can learn a little bit more about each treatment and all the opportunities available to you. Don’t waste any more time on weight loss gimmicks; discover real results with BMI Surgery and start living a healthier, happier life.

The 5 Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Since 1967, laparoscopic gastric bypass has been a tried and true method for weight loss. With gastric bypass, the stomach becomes a smaller pouch and is then attached to the small intestine, meaning this procedure combines a restrictive and malabsorptive approach. In layman’s terms, not only will your stomach be able to hold less food, but also limit the amount of calories absorbed.

Orbera Gastric Balloon®

If you’re looking for a less permanent solution to get you on track, the Orbera Gastric balloon may be right for you. Your surgeon will place a balloon inflated with saline in your stomach to increase feelings of fullness and help you navigate proper portion sizes. The balloon inflates to the size of a grapefruit but is then removed around six months after your initial operation.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy, also called gastric sleeve, is one of the most popular weight loss surgeries at BMI Surgery. It relies on the restrictive method, shrinking your stomach to about two-thirds of its current size. That way, you can achieve feelings of fullness with fewer calories. At BMI Surgery, we offer laparoscopic gastric sleeves, which reduces hospital time, recovery, and overall risks.

LAP-BAND®

Like gastric sleeve, LAP-BAND is performed laparoscopically and reduces the size of your stomach. However, as the name suggests, during LAP-BAND, your surgeon will place a band around the upper portion of your stomach, thereby creating a smaller upper stomach without permanently alternating it. Your surgeon can also adjust the stomach size by injecting more or less saline into the ring through a skin port.

Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

Lastly, BMI Surgery offers revisional weight loss surgery. While uncommon, patients may slip into old habits, resulting in weight gain and other complications. Revisiting weight loss surgery can reverse or alter any previous surgeries if needed. However, to undergo revisional weight loss surgery, you must meet specific requirements to ensure any weight gain is, in fact, related to surgery, not overeating. For more information about revisional weight loss surgery, contact one of our friendly team members.

Lose Weight Fast with BMI Priority Pass

If you’re ready to lose weight in a fast, affordable, and safe way, BMI now offers Priority Pass. With this program, you can undergo your initial consultation, surgery, and initial post-op recovery in as little as three days!

You can finally lose weight for good with the help of our board-certified weight loss surgeon—with no medical weight loss preparation necessary. Dr. Long and his team can help you decide which weight loss surgery is right for you and offer a complete weight loss plan designed just for you and your needs.

Interested in Weight Loss Surgery? Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you’re ready to lose weight for good, look no further than BMI Surgery! Proudly serving Birmingham, AL, and surrounding communities, we’re here to help you live a more fulfilling life. Call us at (205) 833-6907 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month: Obesity 101

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Over 43% of adults in America are obese. Comparatively, nearly 47% of Americans have high blood pressure. But did you know they’re frequently connected? Not only can obesity cause insecurity and discomfort, but it can also lead to a worsening of high blood pressure, which can be life-threatening.  In fact, over 65% of people suffering from obesity fall victim to high blood pressure.

In honor of National Hypertension Awareness Month, the team at BMI Surgery is discussing everything you need to know about high blood pressure and obesity. Learn the ins and outs of obesity, high blood pressure, treatments, and more. 

What Is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition characterized by excess body fat relative to a person’s height. Obesity is often diagnosed by the BMI (body mass index) Scale, which has four categories: underweight, normal, overweight, and obese. 

Your doctor may also measure your waist circumference to inform causes and treatments, with a BMI over 30 considered obese. Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic concern but can change the way your body functions. It can cause heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and high blood pressure. 

What Is High Blood Pressure?

In honor of National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, we’re taking a deep dive into obesity-induced high blood pressure. But first, let’s define what high blood pressure is. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, occurs when the force of your blood running through your blood vessels is too high. 

High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer” since there are usually little to no symptoms before the condition becomes severe. Hypertension can cause life-threatening problems like heart attack, coronary artery disease, and stroke. 

Can Obesity Cause Hypertension?

Obesity can cause hypertension or worsen it if you already have it. People with obesity have more fat tissue than usual, which can cause complex changes in the body in numerous ways. These can include sympathetic nervous system overactivation, insulin resistance, and kidney  and hormonal changes. 

Obesity-induced hypertension can be harder to treat and sometimes become resistant to medication. Since people with obesity often carry extra fat around their midsection, this excess weight puts pressure on the cardiovascular system. The heart must work harder to pump blood to organs, muscles, and tissues, which can quickly cause cardiovascular stress and other heart problems. 

How Is Obesity-Induced Hypertension Treated?

Medications are available to treat hypertension, but many people with obesity are resistant to their effects because of the physical changes the body undergoes when obese. Fortunately, weight loss surgery can help treat obesity-induced hypertension. With weight loss, a healthy diet, and physical exercise, your heart becomes stronger, which can lower high blood pressure. 

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, works by modifying your stomach size to reduce your appetite and reduce your calorie intake. There are different weight loss surgery techniques like gastric sleeve and LAP-BAND. Weight loss surgery should be combined with long-term lifestyle changes like regular exercise and a healthy diet to be successful. 

Live a Healthier & Happier Life with BMI Surgery

While obesity and high blood pressure can severely impact your health, each of these conditions is preventable and treatable. This May, we hope you join us in raising awareness about the negative  impacts of hypertension and obesity. With your help, we can lower the cases of both conditions nationwide. 

If you have obesity-induced hypertension, weight loss surgery can help! Our team of experts can create a personalized treatment plan for you so that you can lead a healthier, more fulfilled life. Our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Long, would be honored to be a part of your weight loss journey!

Interested in Learning More About Weight Loss Surgery? Call Us Today!

For over 20 years, Dr. Long and his team have performed successful weight loss surgeries. If you’re ready to begin your journey toward a healthier, happier life, don’t hesitate to contact BMI Surgery today! Call us at 205-850-1973 or contact us online!

Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Weight Loss Surgeon

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If you’re considering weight loss surgery, you probably want a surgeon with a track record of success. Beyond finding a successful surgeon, you’ll want someone you feel comfortable around and who aligns with your financial and communication preferences.

As you do your own research, you may have questions about how to find a surgeon who’s the whole package—successful, personable, and affordable. With these five tips, you can narrow your search and find a weight loss surgeon who will improve your life. At BMI Surgery, we’re dedicated to helping you feel confident in your upcoming operation. Keep on reading to learn more about what makes a great weight loss surgeon!

Check Out Referrals

Perhaps the best way to find out if a weight loss surgeon is right for you is through referrals. We recommend checking with your primary care doctor, friends, family, and neighbors about weight loss surgeons they have personally used or recommend. While these referrals may not be comprehensive, they can be a great place to start when you begin your weight loss journey. Similarly, looking online for reviews can be an eye-opening experience when searching for a surgeon. Once you find a few options, you can call each office and schedule consultations with the surgeon to better determine if they’re the right fit for your needs.

Consider Experience

As you narrow down your list, we recommend considering the qualifications and experience of your weight loss surgeon. We advise only partnering with fellowship-trained weight loss surgeons and those who are board certified in surgery. Furthermore, your surgeon should have performed numerous, successful weight loss surgeries and be able to provide you with before and after examples. Your surgeon should be an expert, whether it’s gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or another bariatric procedure.

Evaluate Pricing Options

While it may not be the most exciting thing to consider, finding a surgeon that matches your price point is vital. Depending on your insurance, you may or may not be able to find coverage for bariatric surgery. However, some practices offer loans and cash pricing options that can be helpful when planning your financial future. At BMI Surgery, we provide numerous cash pricing options so that you can live a healthier and happier life while staying within your budget! And, with our hassle-free payment offerings, you can avoid the headaches associated with insurance forms and requirements.

Assess Communication Style

Beyond your surgeon’s success stories, you want to feel comfortable and confident around your surgeon. Some questions to ponder while you meet with your potential bariatric surgeon include:

  • Do they answer your questions in a way you understand?
  • Do they stop to answer questions or concerns?
  • Do they work with you to develop a plan for your surgery?
  • Do they respect your decision-making process?
  • Do you feel comfortable speaking candidly and openly with them?

At the end of the day, your surgeon doesn’t have to be your best friend, but they should be someone who respects your thoughts and feelings.

Search for Pre & Post Operation Support

Weight loss surgery is an ongoing journey. It’s essential to find support and encouragement throughout the entire process, and look for practices that cultivate positive and meaningful preparation and recovery. Many weight loss surgery practices offer programs like nutrition prep classes, support groups, seminars, counseling, and more. Finding others who have undergone weight loss surgery is crucial for your recovery. Those who understand the procedure you’ve gone through can give you advice that can prove helpful as you prepare or recover from weight loss surgery.

We’re Your Partners in Your Weight Loss Journey

At BMI Surgery, we’re dedicated to making you feel at ease before, during, and after your surgery. Dr. Long and our team can answer any questions you may have, and work with you to formulate a plan that’s best for you. We offer numerous patient resources, including support groups and seminars, to support your physical and mental well-being.

Interested in Learning More About Weight Loss Surgery? Call Us Today!

Proudly serving Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi, BMI Surgery is your ultimate destination for weight loss surgery. We offer personalized solutions for a healthier, happier life. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Long and his team, call us at (205) 833-6907 or online!

Gastric Sleeve FAQs: Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Safe?

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If you’re considering gastric sleeve surgery, you probably have numerous questions about the before, during, and after. Gastric sleeve is a type of bariatric surgery designed to help you lose weight and improve your quality of life. At BMI Surgery, we always recommend our patients research, evaluate, and ask questions before gastric sleeve so that they can make an informed decision they’re proud of.

As you begin your journey towards gastric sleeve surgery, our team answers your frequently asked questions. From recovery time to post-operative diet and alcohol consumption, our weight loss surgeons answer all your pressing inquiries. If you have any other questions or are ready to schedule a gastric sleeve consultation, contact our BMI Surgery today!

How long does gastric sleeve surgery take?

Gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy, is typically a quick procedure. From start to finish, the entire process usually takes less than an hour. Once you’re under general anesthesia, the actual procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete.

Is gastric sleeve safe?

Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the safest elective surgery procedures. The operation is minimally invasive, which reduces the risk of severe bleeding and discomfort. Furthermore, the health ailments that accompany obesity, like sleep apnea, heart disease, and high blood pressure, are usually improved after surgery.

Most patients lose upwards of 50% of their excess body weight, making weight loss surgery well worth it for most patients. As with all surgeries, some risk is involved, and we recommend you speak with your weight loss surgeon about potential side effects.

How does gastric sleeve work?

Gastric sleeve is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laparoscopic approach, which means the surgeon can use smaller incisions and more precision movements inside your abdomen. The weight loss surgeon will make five small incisions across your abdomen and using the laparoscope and other surgical instruments, will remove a portion of your stomach.

With these tools, your surgeon will remove approximately 80% of your stomach and close the remaining portion. As its name suggests, your stomach will resemble a sleeve, or banana-shape, to promote the ingestion of fewer calories and reduced hunger cues.

What should I eat after gastric sleeve?

Right after surgery, you’ll want to follow a liquid diet, only drinking clear liquids, like water and broth. After a few days, you can add other beverages to your diet, like unsweet tea, milk, and coffee. You can begin eating strained and pureed foods like cottage cheese, fruits, and lean ground meat a few weeks post-operation. It’s essential to make sure there are no solid pieces of food in your meals during this time since your stomach is still healing.

Then, after a follow-up visit and with the doctor’s approval, you can begin to eat soft and solid foods, chewing each bite thoroughly to make digestion easier. At BMI Surgery, we’re with you every step of the way. If you have questions about what you should or shouldn’t eat after gastric sleeve, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts.

What is the average gastric sleeve recovery time?

After gastric sleeve surgery, you’ll most likely be able to go home the day of the procedure. The average gastric sleeve recovery time varies based on each body type, but most people easily return to their normal activities a few days after the operation.

Many patients can return to work as early as 3 days after gastric sleeve, but we don’t want you lifting more than 10 pounds for 4 weeks after surgery. It’s important not to push yourself too hard and be patient with yourself during the recovery process.

Do I need to exercise after gastric sleeve surgery?

The weight loss team at BMI encourages you to exercise as soon as possible after gastric sleeve, but we don’t want you lifting more than 10 pounds for 4 weeks after surgery. We recommend brief walks initially and then transitioning to cardiovascular exercises like stairs or cycling as soon as you feel like it.

After 4 weeks, you can add weight training into your routine, but be sure not to overdo it. While it is vital for your physical and mental well-being, exercising too vigorously too soon can cause complications, so make sure you follow your doctor’s recommendations thoroughly.

Can I drink alcohol after gastric sleeve?

Once you have completed your gastric sleeve procedure, we recommend avoiding alcohol for at least six months. Don’t worry, though…most patients can slowly reintroduce alcoholic beverages after the six-month mark. Drinking alcohol can deplete your body’s glycogen levels, which can lower your blood sugar and lead to blurred vision, numbness, and drowsiness. Also, alcohol is considered “empty” calories and will make weight loss more difficult.

Be mindful as you start drinking again, and check in with yourself after each drink to see how you’re feeling. Since your stomach is much smaller than before, you may find you become inebriated more quickly after weight loss surgery.

Feel Your Best for Years to Come with BMI Surgery

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What to Know About Gastric Sleeve and Acid Reflux

A brunette woman in cream colored shirt sitting at a table with her hand over her chest expressing discomfort.

A brunette woman in cream colored shirt sitting at a table with her hand over her chest expressing discomfort.

Are you in the process of recovering from a gastric sleeve operation? Or are you considering the transformative procedure? If so, you may have heard of acid reflux as a side effect of gastric sleeve surgery. Up to 35 % of people suffer from acid reflux after gastric sleeve surgery, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing weight loss surgery. Many find it to be manageable, and some don’t experience it at all!

While not everyone who undergoes gastric sleeve surgery will deal with acid reflux, we want to answer any questions you may have to help you avoid discomfort post-operation. In this blog, our team at BMI Surgery will explore everything you need to know about the connection between gastric sleeve surgery and acid reflux.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a condition that causes stomach acid to move out of the stomach and into the esophagus (the tube running between the throat and stomach). Acid reflux can cause discomfort and pain to those that experience it. People that have chronic acid reflux may have a condition known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which can cause the following additional symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn

Many people sometimes experience heartburn and acid indigestion, especially after eating a large meal. However, GERD refers to experiencing acid reflux more frequently, at least a couple of times each week.

Losing weight with gastric sleeve surgery can help some GERD sufferers to improve or eliminate their condition through weight loss. However, some people find themselves experiencing GERD for the first time following their gastric sleeve surgery.

Why is Acid Reflux Common After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Research into the connection between acid reflux and gastric sleeve surgery has produced mixed results. But, it is believed that there are three possible causes of GERD developing after gastric sleeve surgery:

  • Existing hiatus hernia (part of the stomach bulges into the chest)
  • Damage caused to the esophageal sphincter following surgery
  • Change in intra-abdominal pressure

If you experience acid reflux after gastric sleeve surgery, it should subside as you lose weight and your body recovers from surgery. Your doctor can provide clear timelines for recovery and answer any specific questions you may have.

How to Reduce Acid Reflux After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Some issues that can later cause GERD can be addressed by the surgeon during your operation. If you develop acid reflux after gastric sleeve surgery, there are some treatments available.

While not everyone will develop acid reflux after gastric sleeve surgery, knowing that treatment is available if needed is helpful. Some common remedies for acid reflux after gastric sleeve surgery include:

  • Medications such as antacids, proton pump inhibitors, and H2 receptor blockers
  • Light exercise
  • Avoiding foods that could irritate your stomach, like fatty foods, anything deep-fried, and drinks with excess caffeine
  • Avoiding overeating
  • Eating slowly

For more information, we recommend you contact your provider about the best ways to eliminate or reduce acid reflux or GERD symptoms following surgery.

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How Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass Are Different?

how gastric bypass & gastric sleeve are different

how gastric bypass & gastric sleeve are different

Weight loss surgery is often necessary for patients that have extreme difficulty losing weight or for those who seek permanent weight loss. Often, if you are significantly overweight, it can actually be a health risk to begin a rigorous exercise routine or too-strict diet plan. In these cases, we may recommend a surgical procedure like the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass. These options can lower your risks and get you on a path to improved health and wellness.

Amongst the many bariatric surgery options available, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries are the most well-known and common. Both of these procedures are meant to be permanent and require a full-time commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But what’s the difference?

Learn about each option and which is best for your weight loss goals!

What is a Gastric Sleeve?

Also known as sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery is designed to limit the amount of food that patients can eat—and desire to eat. The surgery will reduce the stomach size to between two-thirds and 80% of its original size.

A smaller stomach means people physically eat less food before feeling full, reducing their caloric intake and helping them lose weight. Moreover, gastric sleeve surgery also removes part of the stomach responsible for producing the hunger hormone ghrelin. That means patients are less likely to feel the urge to eat after this surgery, which is why it is so popular.

The procedure only takes 30-35 minutes, and recovery is typically quick. Gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically, meaning that it doesn’t require any large abdominal incisions. Because this surgery is minimally invasive, it involves less pain and less hospital time.

What is a Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass surgery creates a small pouch that bypasses most of your stomach and some of the small intestine. Food will then go through this pouch and to the intestines, cutting out a large section of the stomach. Additionally, a part of your small intestine that absorbs calories is removed. Without this portion of your intestine, you absorb fewer calories from meals, helping you lose weight.

A gastric bypass is more complex than a sleeve. In a sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon must only complete one step: removing part of your stomach. In a gastric bypass, the surgeon will remove part of the intestine, create a stomach pouch, and then re-attach the rest of the stomach closer to the intestines. Consequently, the surgery has a longer recovery period.

Which Option is Best for Me?

Gastric bypass is the more complicated surgery but also the one that tends to deliver the most dramatic results. It is also the preferred choice for those who suffer from severe diabetes. Because a gastric sleeve isn’t an option for those with severe reflux disease, a bypass may give them an avenue for significant weight loss.

That said, the gastric sleeve is simpler and comes with fewer risks. It can be an incredible way to jumpstart your journey to overcoming obesity without affecting the sphincter muscles that allow food to enter and exit your stomach. Most patients see 50-70% of excess weight lost over the first 1-2 years and find it easier to perform daily activities, helping them maintain their results.

Discuss Your Options with the Professionals

There are lots of bariatric surgery options, and gastric sleeve and gastric bypass are the most common because of their great results! However, it’s important to consult a surgical expert before making a decision. The best surgery will depend on things such as your current weight, lifestyle, eating habits, and medical history. A certified doctor will be able to evaluate all of these things and help you decide which choice is right for you and your weight loss goals.

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If you’d like to learn more about our minimally invasive gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries—or any other bariatric surgeries—please feel free to contact Dr. Long and his team today. Proudly serving the Birmingham area, we specialize in all types of bariatric surgery and can help you find the best solution for your weight loss goals. Call us today at 205-850-1973 to set up a consultation.

We look forward to helping you take back control of your health!