Bariatric surgery in Frankfort, Kentucky
Over time, obesity can have an impact on a person's health and lead to serious medical conditions, including diabetes, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. To help patients overcome these and other obesity-related challenges, the doctors at Frankfort Regional Health use bariatric surgery as a tool for weight loss.
Additionally, we provide patients with education about eating habits to help them sustain a healthier life after surgery.
To find out if bariatric surgery is right for you, register for a free weight loss seminar.
Weight loss surgery
Bariatric surgery, also referred to as weight loss surgery, is used to help patients who have not experienced success losing weight through traditional methods. When bariatric surgery is complemented by lifestyle changes, such as exercise and healthy eating habits, the patient can expect significant, long-term changes.
However, bariatric surgery is an advanced, major surgery. It is suggested that interested patients meet with a weight loss specialist to evaluate all options for weight loss, including non-surgical alternatives.
Benefits of weight loss surgery
In addition to weight loss, bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of obesity-related conditions, such as:
- Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
- Gallbladder disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Heart conditions
- High cholesterol
- Osteoarthritis (and other bone and joint conditions)
- Respiratory conditions
- Sleep apnea
Anna Culver, BSN, RN, CBN, CNOR-E
Anna Culver is a certified bariatric nurse and serves as the bariatric program coordinator for Frankfort Regional Medical Center. She has over 18 years of nursing experience and has specialized in bariatrics and surgical care. In this role she works closely with patients and medical staff to ensure your individual care needs are addressed. She is both an advocate and a resource to patients during their weight loss journey and is passionate about helping patients succeed. Anna assists in routine education classes and leads monthly bariatric support group meetings. As the Bariatric Coordinator, Anna will be available to assist patients throughout this journey while helping develop the tools needed to live a healthier life. She can be reached at (502) 892-0899.
Types of bariatric surgery
Our bariatric surgeons offer the following procedures:
Roux en-Y gastric bypass
The Roux en-Y gastric bypass — also referred to as simply "gastric bypass" — is the most common type of malabsorptive surgery. With a malabsorptive procedure, there is a restriction in food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.
During gastric bypass, a smaller stomach pouch is created and the small intestine is attached to the pouch. This allows food to bypass the lower stomach and part of the small intestine. Gastric bypass is both non-reversible and non-adjustable. The long-term success of this procedure depends on adhering to new rules for eating.
Advantages of gastric bypass include:
- Average weight loss is generally higher than with gastric banding or sleeve surgeries
- Weight loss is generally maintained the longest in comparison to other weight loss procedures
Single anastomosis duodeno–ileal bypass with sleeve gastrectomy (SADI-S)
The SADI-S uses techniques of both gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgeries. During the procedure, a small gastric sleeve is created to reduce the size of the stomach. Surgeons will then connect the new, smaller stomach to the lower part of the small intestine, allowing the food to bypass the lower stomach and part of the small intestine. This means less food and nutrients will be absorbed, resulting in weight loss.
The use of multiple techniques in this procedure increases the chance of a successful weight loss outcome.
Advantages of SADI-S
- No postoperative adjustments are required
- Patients generally do not require revision surgery
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)
The vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also referred to as a "gastric sleeve," is a form of restrictive weight loss surgery in which approximately 85 percent of the stomach is removed. The remaining part of the stomach is approximately the size of a banana.
Patients may choose to have this surgery if they are concerned about the effects of other surgery types or having an implanted device, such as a gastric band or balloon.
Advantages of gastric sleeve
- No postoperative adjustments are required
- The digestive tract functions as usual, allowing vitamins and nutrients to be fully absorbed into the body
Candidates for weight loss surgery
The need for weight loss surgery is determined by several factors, including a patient's classification of obesity.
Obesity is determined by body mass index (BMI) as follows:
- BMI less than 18.5 is considered underweight
- BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy
- BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 is considered overweight
- BMI between 30.0 and 34.9 s considered obese
- BMI between 35.0 and 39.9 is considered severely obese
- BMI greater than 40 is considered morbidly obese
Patients may qualify for surgery if they are 18 years old or older and have one of the following:
- A BMI greater than 40
- A BMI greater than 35 and have one or more serious health conditions related to morbid obesity
- An inability to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even with medical weight loss programs
It is also important to note that BMI cannot distinguish between excess fat and muscle. The BMI of an extremely muscular person may be classified as obese, when they are not.
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