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

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

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.

Supporting Your Mental Health Journey After Weight Loss Surgery

A distressed woman hiding her face and holding her knees.

A distressed woman hiding her face and holding her knees.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to highlight the importance of emotional well-being. While weight loss surgery can be a transformative journey for many, it often comes with emotional and mental health challenges. It’s important to prepare for the many changes that come with bariatric surgery before and after your visit.

In this post, we’ll explore how to manage the common emotional challenges that often come with bariatric surgery, like body image issues, changes in relationships, coping with stress, and seeking support.

Managing Body Image Issues After Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery can lead to significant changes in body shape and size, which may trigger complex emotions about body image. After surgery, many people come to realize their body image struggles don’t automatically disappear.

Body image issues can range from a small annoyance with one of your features to overly obsessing over a part of your body. Some people even experience body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), which is a mental health condition where a person obsesses over one or more perceived flaws of their physical appearance, and this aspect may or may not be evident to other people. BDD often causes a lot of stress and interferes with daily life.

It’s important to practice self-compassion and focus on appreciating your body for its strength and resilience. Consider seeking support from a therapist or support group specializing in body image issues to explore these feelings in a safe and understanding environment.

Changes in Relationships

Weight loss surgery can significantly affect your relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners. People in your life may have varying reactions to your transformation. Whether they offer support or express concern, these reactions can present themselves in unanticipated ways.

Successfully navigating these potential relationship changes after weight loss surgery requires open communication. Be honest about your feelings and boundaries, and encourage loved ones to do the same. Remember that healthy relationships are built on mutual respect, understanding, and acceptance, regardless of physical appearance.

Coping with Stress

The post-surgery period is a physically and emotionally challenging time for the majority of bariatric surgery patients. This often leads to excessive stress and anxiety. It is important to work with a therapist or other medical professional to develop healthy coping mechanisms and learn to manage stress effectively as you recover from the procedure and adapt to your changing body.

Coping mechanisms that can help you effectively manage the emotional toll of bariatric surgery include:

  • Mindfulness practices
  • Meditation
  • Physical activities
  • Journaling
  • Spending time in nature
  • Confiding in or leaning on people you trust

Whatever your coping mechanisms, it is vital to practice self-care to nourish your mind, body, and soul. If you are struggling to cope, never hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Birmingham Minimally Invasive for help.

Seeking Support

You don’t have to navigate the post-weight loss surgery journey alone. Reach out for support from friends, family, support groups, and healthcare professionals who understand and can validate your experiences.

You may want to consider joining a support group for people who have had bariatric surgery. A support group connects you with other individuals who have had weight loss surgery to share insights, challenges, and triumphs related to bariatric surgery recovery with each other. Seeking support post-surgery can be scary as it requires you to be vulnerable, but it can also play a crucial role in improving your emotional well-being.

If you need help connecting with others who have had weight-loss surgery, please contact Birmingham Minimally Invasive so that we can ensure you get the support you need.

Life After Bariatric Surgery With BMI

Managing emotional and mental health after weight loss requires a great deal of self-compassion and support. By addressing body image issues, navigating changes in relationships, coping with stress, and seeking support, you can cultivate a positive and resilient mindset on your journey toward wellness.

At Birmingham Minimally Invasive, we understand that mental health is just as important as your physical health. We ensure our patients learn to practice self-care and nurture their emotional well-being every step of the way. That’s why we provide compassionate care for our patients throughout the weight loss surgery process, from pre-op to the end of their recovery, and beyond.


Healthy and Happy Living After Weight Loss Surgery at BMI

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery supports you by ensuring you have a clear understanding of what to expect before, during, and after your weight loss surgery, including how to manage emotional and mental health after surgery. Our compassionate team will always be here to answer all questions and concerns as they arise. 

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

gastric sleeve weight loss surgery

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!

Weight Loss Surgery Vs. Diet Trends – Which is Better?

Adult with black shirt and jeans measuring their waist after having weight loss surgery

Adult with black shirt and jeans measuring their waist after having weight loss surgeryIn a world obsessed with quick fixes and instant gratification, it’s no surprise that many individuals struggling with weight management turn to miracle pills and impossible diets. The promise of shedding those unwanted pounds through the latest diet trends or diet pills can be enticing, but the reality is those options may not always work as expected

Today, we’ll delve into why diet and exercise might not be effective for everyone, explore some trending diets and diet pills, and discuss the merits of weight loss surgery with the experts at BMI as an alternative approach.

The Diet and Exercise Dilemma

Diet and exercise are often touted as the holy grail of weight loss, but they don’t always yield the desired results. Several factors contribute to diet and exercise not working for everyone:

One-Size-Fits-All Approach 

Not all bodies are the same. What works for one person might not work for another. The diet and exercise plans that become trendy are often designed as one-size-fits-all solutions, failing to consider individual variations in metabolism, genetics, and lifestyle.

Lack of Sustainable Lifestyle Changes

Many diets encourage extreme calorie restrictions or the elimination of entire food groups. Such drastic changes can be challenging to maintain over the long term, leading to rebound weight gain once you return to your usual eating habits.

Plateauing and Adaptation 

Our bodies are incredibly adaptable. Over time, they can become resistant to the effects of diet and exercise, making it increasingly difficult to lose weight. This often leads to frustration and a sense that diet and exercise are not working.

Psychological Factors 

Weight loss is not solely a physical journey but also a psychological one. Stress, emotional eating, and other mental health factors can sabotage even the best diet and exercise efforts.

Trending Diets: Promises and Pitfalls

With each passing year, new diet trends emerge, promising revolutionary results. While some of these diets may help certain individuals shed pounds temporarily, they may not be sustainable or suitable for everyone. Let’s take a look at a few trending diets and why they may not work for all:

Keto Diet 

The ketogenic diet has gained immense popularity for its promise of rapid weight loss through carb restriction. However, not everyone can adapt to such a low-carb lifestyle, and the “keto flu” can deter many from sticking with it. Moreover, the long-term health effects of the keto diet remain a topic of debate.

Intermittent Fasting 

Intermittent fasting involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting. While some people find success with this approach, others may struggle with hunger, irritability, and overeating during non-fasting periods. It may not be a sustainable solution for everyone.

Paleo Diet

The paleo diet encourages eating foods that our ancestors supposedly consumed. While it promotes whole foods and eliminates processed ones, it can be challenging to follow and expensive. Not to mention, it doesn’t consider modern dietary needs and preferences.

Vegan Diet

Veganism has gained popularity not only for ethical reasons but also as a potential weight loss strategy. However, adopting a vegan diet requires careful planning to ensure you get all the essential nutrients. Some may struggle to maintain proper nutrition, leading to health issues.

Diet Pills: A Quick Fix with Caveats

In the quest for a magic weight loss solution, many people turn to diet pills. These pills often promise to boost metabolism, suppress appetite, or block fat absorption. While some individuals may experience short-term benefits, there are significant downsides to consider.

Safety Concerns

 The safety of many diet pills is questionable, with potential side effects ranging from mild to severe. Some have even been banned due to adverse health outcomes.

Short-Term Results

Diet pills often deliver short-term results. Once you stop taking them, the weight can return, sometimes even more rapidly.

Lack of Sustainable Habits

Relying on diet pills may deter individuals from adopting healthier lifestyle habits. Weight loss achieved through pills alone is unlikely to be maintained without other significant lifestyle changes. 

Weight Loss Surgery vs. Diet and Exercise

Weight loss surgery can be a viable option for those who have struggled with diet and exercise. It’s essential to understand that weight loss surgery is not a quick fix but a tool that, when used correctly, can lead to significant and lasting results. Here’s how it compares to traditional diet and exercise:

Effectiveness

Weight loss surgery is often more effective than diet and exercise alone, especially for individuals with severe obesity. Procedures like gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy can lead to substantial weight loss and improve obesity-related health conditions.

Sustainable Results

Weight loss surgery helps reset the body’s metabolism and appetite regulation, making it easier for individuals to maintain a healthy weight over the long term.

Comprehensive Approach

Surgery is typically accompanied by comprehensive pre and post-operative care, including dietary and lifestyle counseling. This support helps patients develop healthier habits for sustained success.

Individualized Treatment 

Weight loss surgery is tailored to each patient’s unique needs, ensuring a more personalized approach than one-size-fits-all diets.

Making The Right Choice For Your Health 

While diet and exercise are crucial components of a healthy lifestyle, they may not be the right solution for everyone and may not always yield the desired results. Trending diets and diet pills can be tempting, but their effectiveness varies from person to person, and they often lack long-term sustainability.

Weight loss surgery, on the other hand, provides a viable alternative for individuals struggling with obesity, offering effective and lasting results when combined with proper lifestyle changes. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional at BMI to determine the most suitable approach for your weight loss journey, considering your unique needs and circumstances.


Proudly serving Birmingham, AL, and surrounding areas, Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is your ultimate destination for weight loss surgery. Our surgeon, Dr. Long, M.D., FACS, has transformed thousands of lives through safe and effective procedures. If you want to learn more about our weight loss surgery options, contact us at (205) 858-1211 or online!

Sleevetember: Discounted Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

Woman in gray sweatpants illustrating how much weight she lost on a pink background.

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

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

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

Woman's body before and after weight loss on pink background.

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.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass 101: Answering Your Top 5 Questions

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

It’s estimated that nearly 262,892 people underwent weight loss surgery in 2021, and numbers are predicted to keep rising. While weight loss surgery may seem like the latest and greatest technique to lose weight, it dates back to 1954 when Dr. A.J. Kremen and his team performed the first form of bariatric surgery—-gastric bypass surgery.

After making a few adjustments in 1967 and later in the 1990s, gastric bypass has stood the test of time. Because of this, gastric bypass is a tried and true method for those wanting to lose a significant amount of weight.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass 101

If you’ve been considering weight loss surgery but weren’t sure if it’s just a fad, look no further than gastric bypass! The experts at BMI Surgery are taking an in-depth look at gastric bypass surgery and if it’s right for you.

What Is Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass, also called the Roux-en-Y procedure, is performed laparoscopically through small, precise incisions. During a laparoscopic operation, the surgeon will insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments into the incisions. With these minimally invasive techniques, many patients experience fewer complications, less hospital time, and a quicker recovery.

How Does Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Work?

As you may have guessed, Roux-en-Y is a French term, which means in the shape of a Y. Gastric bypass works by dividing the stomach and the small intestine and then joining the segment together to create a Y shape.

Gastric bypass combines two techniques for weight loss: restriction and malabsorption. First, your surgeon will section off your stomach, which forms a small pouch. This pouch is your new and improved stomach and is smaller than the original size, so it restricts the amount of food it can hold. Then, the pouch is joined to a lower segment of the small intestine, which decreases the absorption of calories from your food. What’s more, is that this procedure usually only takes one and a half to two hours.

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out the illustration below. You can see where food and digestive juices flow and look closer at the renowned Y shape.

gastric bypass illustration

What Is Recovery Like After Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?

On average, 60-80% of excess body weight is lost two years following gastric bypass. Gastric bypass is highly effective for weight loss, but supporting your weight loss during recovery and beyond is essential.

After laparoscopic gastric bypass, you’ll most likely eat a few bites of food and feel full, which leads to significant and quick weight loss. Since your body isn’t absorbing all the nutrients in the small intestine, following your doctor’s instructions about supplementing your diet with oral vitamins and minerals is important.

Beyond that, you’ll recover as you would from any other surgery—slow and steady. We recommend following a healthy diet and beginning light exercise as soon as you feel up to it. Check out this blog for more information about preparation and recovery for laparoscopic gastric bypass.

What Is the Difference Between Gastric Sleeve and Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?

Great question! Gastric sleeve is another popular weight loss surgery and removes about 80% of the stomach to restrict calorie intake. The gastric sleeve isn’t malabsorptive like laparoscopic gastric bypass and doesn’t involve the small intestine. In the image below, you can see a side-by-side comparison of these two weight loss surgeries.

Gastric sleeve vs gastric bypass bariatric surgery weight loss infographics

Both techniques are proven effective for weight loss, and which you choose depends on your personal needs. For example, gastric bypass may be better for those who suffer from acid reflux. On the other hand, gastric sleeve may be better suited for patients with high-risk medical conditions since it typically takes less time under anesthesia.

Luckily, you don’t have to decide which is right for you! Of course, you’ll always have the final say, but your surgeon can recommend which weight loss surgery suits your needs and will provide you with the results you desire.

Who Is a Candidate for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?

If you’re interested in weight loss surgery, you’ll undergo a complete evaluation and consultation with your weight loss surgeon to ensure your safety.

However, there are a few general requirements for bariatric surgery, including

  • BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or more
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or more with weight-induced medical conditions (hypertension, diabetes, etc.)
  • Documented attempts of diet and exercise for weight loss
  • No indication of alcoholism or drug use

If you’re curious about your Body Mass Index, check out our BMI calculator. It’s quick, easy to use, and can estimate your BMI in seconds. It’s important to note that this number isn’t a fool-proof method, and you should always consult your doctor about wanting weight loss surgery.

Lose Weight with Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

If you’ve been trying to lose weight to no avail, gastric bypass may be your long-awaited solution! With years of refining, bariatric surgery is a proven method to help you achieve your dream body—whether you choose gastric sleeve or laparoscopic gastric bypass.

If you’re interested in becoming the best version of yourself, learn more about weight loss at BMI Surgery! With years of experience, we’re dedicated to helping you find a weight loss solution that’s right for you.

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

Proudly serving Birmingham, AL, and beyond, BMI Surgery offers effective, affordable weight loss surgeries. If you’d like to learn more about weight loss surgery, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts. Call us at (205) 833-6907 or contact us online today!

Top 4 Exercises To Do After Weight Loss Surgery

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Exercises To Do After Weight Loss Surgery

Preparation is key. You may have heard of this adage before, and while it doesn’t hurt to be spontaneous once in a while, preparation is crucial for the success of your weight loss surgery. This July, our experts at BMI Surgery discuss one facet of your weight loss journey—exercise.

Bariatric surgery helps you lose weight, but to maintain your new and improved physique, you must exercise too. However, we understand that for many of our patients, the idea of an exercise routine feels daunting. Don’t fret! If you have no idea where to begin with exercise, you’re in luck. We’re explaining everything you need to know about activity after weight loss surgery so you can feel confident as you plan and prepare for life after your operation.

Why Is Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery Important?

We’re so glad you asked! Exercising after weight loss surgery has numerous benefits, but first and foremost, it helps you reach your weight loss goals. Without exercise (and a healthy diet), you may not be able to maintain your newfound weight loss properly.

Additionally, exercise improves circulation, increases your metabolic rate, reduces stress, and strengthens your heart, bones, and muscle strength. And if you’re suffering from any weight-related conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure, exercise may help you manage these illnesses. For more information about the importance of exercising after weight loss surgery, check out this blog.

When Should I Start Exercising After Bariatric Surgery?

Once you feel up to it, we recommend taking brisk walks when you return home. You can begin low-impact workouts one week after surgery, making sure to avoid lifting anything over 10 pounds for about four weeks. Usually, patients can exercise without restrictions after four weeks.

Even if you feel like the newest America’s Next Top Model, it’s essential not to overdo it. After surgery, your body is adjusting to your new calorie intake and exercise routine, and the last thing you want is to slow down recovery. We recommend always following your surgeon’s instructions and waiting until you’re cleared to begin exercising.

What Exercises Should I Do After Weight Loss Surgery?

Now that we’ve covered the importance of exercise post-operation, let’s look at our recommended exercises after weight loss surgery. We advise avoiding high-intensity workouts, like running and cycling, for at least four weeks after surgery. Remember, slow and steady wins the race in the weight loss game.

Walking

Walking is perhaps the easiest, most convenient exercise after bariatric surgery. Do it early in the morning once you’ve woken up, in the evening after dinner, or midday if your schedule allows. You can walk a few laps around your house or the block and then build up to longer, more challenging walks, like incorporating walking up and down hills. Even if it’s just five minutes, you can slowly build up your endurance and strengthen your muscles and joints with regular walking.

Swimming

If walking isn’t your thing, swimming is a great alternative. It doesn’t put as much strain on your knees and maybe more entertaining for some. You can tread water, swim slowly, and walk in the pool. And, if your pool offers any classes like water aerobics or other exercise classes, those can be a fun, engaging way to get in your daily dose of exercise.

Resistance Band

Resistance band workouts can be done in the comfort of your own home. You can gently stretch and practice different exercises, like lunges or squats, with the added resistance of the band to add a bit of a challenge. Resistance bands increase your flexibility and circulation, especially if you’ve been stationary most of the day while recovering. This form of exercise is perfect for those who feel ready to lift weights but don’t want the added pressures of exercising in the gym.

Weight Training

We recommend adding weight training to your routine as you improve your strength and stamina. Weight training can be as simple as light dumbbell exercises like bicep curls, wall sits, and tricep extensions. With weight training (and all these exercises), you can customize the movements to your needs. For example, you can sit while lifting light weights if you find it challenging.

When in doubt, if it doesn’t feel right, stop. You can rest up and try again in a few days. If you’re worried about your form, we recommend watching tutorials online or seeking the advice of a personal trainer to ensure you’re engaging the proper muscles while exercising.

Feel Your Best After Weight Loss Surgery & Beyond

At BMI Surgery, we’re here for you every step of the way. From the moment you walk through our doors to follow-up appointments after surgery, our team of experts is here for you. If you’re preparing for weight loss surgery and want to learn more about what exercise is right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We can create a customized plan tailored to your needs. Whether it’s walking, swimming, or weight lifting, we strive to empower all our patients to exercise safely.

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, BMI Surgery now offers a quick, affordable option called Priority Pass. In as little as three days, you can undergo post-operative consultation and surgery. For more information, contact us at (205) 833-6907 or online.

Fast Weight Loss Surgery: 6 Benefits of BMI’s Priority Pass

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Weight loss can be challenging, especially if you’re experiencing other weight-related conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. Between fad diets, weight loss gimmicks, and a whole lot of frustration, weight loss can feel like your version of mission impossible. 

If you’ve finally had enough of these unsuccessful weight loss methods and are ready to feel your best, BMI Priority Pass may be your long-awaited solution. What’s more, you can complete your initial consultation, preoperative testing, and surgery in just two days! 

Losing weight has never been easier—or faster—than with BMI Priority Pass. Learn everything you need to know about BMI’s solution for weight loss and how to slim down just in time for summer. 

How Can I Lose Weight Fast with BMI Priority Pass?

The BMI Priority Pass is a quick, efficient way to lose weight. In just two days, you can undergo your consultation and surgery. In your consultation on day one, you’ll discuss your body mass index, weight loss goals, medical history, current medications, and any previous surgeries. From this information, Birmingham’s premier weight loss surgeon, Dr. Long, will determine if you’re a suitable candidate for the Priority Pass. 

On day two, you’ll undergo your weight loss surgery. All Priority Pass weight loss surgeries are performed at Outpatient Services East (OSE) or St. Vincent’s East. Right after surgery, our team will be with you to monitor your vitals, check in on your progress, and answer any questions you may have. 

On day three, you can return home. With BMI Priority Pass, weight loss is made simple!

What Are the Benefits of BMI Priority Pass?

Start to Finish in Two Days

We can complete your initial consultation, preoperative testing if necessary, and weight loss surgery in just two days. However, just because our process is fast doesn’t mean we aren’t detail-oriented. Our comprehensive preoperative assessment is designed to evaluate your potential risk so your surgery offers the best possible outcome. Dr. Long analyzes and assesses your results personally, and he and his team will be with you every step of the way. 

No Previous Weight Loss Needed

With BMI Priority Pass, you don’t have to lose weight before surgery! Many insurance companies require a preoperative diet for 3-12 months before undergoing bariatric surgery. Luckily, our in-depth screening process ensures you’re an ideal candidate without having to complete an insurance-mandated diet program. You can say goodbye to pre-operative 6-month diets and hello to a two-day transformation if you qualify!

Hassle-Free Outpatient Procedure

BMI Priority Pass surgeries are performed at Outpatient Services East (OSE) or St. Vincent’s East by Dr. Long. With our outpatient procedures, you can expect less hospital time, less invasive procedures, and a lower cost. 

Since you won’t be spending much time in the hospital, we recommend booking a hotel room to stay in before and after your operation if you’re from out of town. Many hotels in the Birmingham and Trussville areas offer a discounted rate for those undergoing outpatient surgery with Dr. Long. For more information about hotel discounts, check out this page

Alabama’s Premier Bariatric Surgeon 

Dr. Long is an experienced, knowledgeable weight loss surgeon. He’s completed over 2,751 weight loss surgeries. Dr. Long is a LAP-BAND TOTAL CARE™ certified, board-certified, and fellowship-trained U.S. bariatric surgeon, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. From your initial consultation to follow-up care, Dr. Long is dedicated to helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

Minimal Requirements

It’s easy to qualify for Priority Pass! We ask you to receive medical clearance from your primary care doctor, which you must obtain before your initial consultation with Dr. Long. Beyond this form, our Priority Pass has a few physical requirements. This procedure is ideal for those with a BMI of 30 or more without previous weight loss surgeries. If you have more questions about your candidacy for Priority Pass, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at (205) 833-6907.

Affordable Price

BMI Surgery is proud to offer one of the lowest rates for weight loss surgery at $8,999! This price includes the facility fee, anesthesiologist fee, and surgeon fee. If you aren’t a candidate for surgery at OSE, your total price may be $9,999 at St. Vincent’s East. 

You can expect a few other expenses not included in this package, including the cost of your initial consultation ($195), preoperative nutrition/prep class ($80), post-operative nutrition follow-up (included), and post-operative visits after 90 days ($125 at 6 months post-op and yearly). These visits are designed to keep you safe, healthy, and on track to meet your goals. 

Feel Your Best for Decades to Come

Priority Pass is safe, affordable, and offers real, long-lasting results! With this outpatient procedure, you can lose weight for good. No previous dieting, long hospital stays, or expensive fees are required. Become the best version of yourself just in time for summer with the team at BMI Surgery!

Interested in BMI Priority Pass? Call Us Today!

You can start losing weight for good in just two days with BMI Surgery. Proudly serving Birmingham, AL & surrounding areas, we’re dedicated to not only your weight loss but also your overall health and well-being. Call us at (205) 833-6907 or contact us online to learn more!