Alabama Surgical Associates (ASA), your weight loss surgery specialists
We offer a broad range of non-invasive weight loss (laparoscopic bariatric) procedures for the communities of North Alabama, Southern Tennessee, and beyond. Our board certified surgeons also have expertise in general laparoscopic surgical procedures.
Weight loss surgery is major surgery. Its growing use to treat morbid obesity is the result of three factors:
- Our current knowledge of the significant health risks of morbid obesity
- The relatively low risk and complications of the procedures versus not having the surgery
- The ineffectiveness of current non-surgical approaches to produce sustained weight loss
Weight loss surgery in Huntsville, Alabama should be viewed first and foremost as a way to alleviate debilitating, chronic disease. In most cases, the minimum qualification to be a candidate for the procedure is an excess 100 pounds above your ideal body weight, or a Body Mass Index of 40 or greater. Occasionally, a procedure will be considered for someone with a BMI of 35 or higher. In these cases, the person’s doctor needs to conclude that obesity-related health conditions have led to a medical need for weight reduction, and that surgery is the only way to accomplish this.
In many cases, patients must prove their attempts at dietary weight loss have been ineffective before they can undergo weight loss surgery at Alabama Surgical Associates, or anywhere else in the country. More importantly, the patient must commit to following extensive and lifelong dietary, exercise, and medical guidelines after their weight loss surgery.
If you are morbidly obese, i.e. more than 100 pounds overweight or with a Body Mass Index of 40 or more, you risk developing a number of serious health conditions. These include metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, or joint and back problems. Morbid obesity is also linked to social, psychological, and economic problems, an increased cancer risk, and early death.
Weight loss surgery in Huntsville, Alabama is an immediate, safe, and effective way to start tackling these obesity-related diseases. At ASA, we have been helping morbidly obese patients achieve sustained weight loss and lifestyle changes with weight loss surgery since 1998. Click to see real ASA patient’s before and after weight loss photos.
Will I have to go on a diet before I have weight loss surgery?
ASA suggests that all patients should work with a dietician on eliminating problem foods and drinks prior to surgery. Patients with a higher body mass index may be asked to lose weight prior to surgery to reduce the size of their liver as well.
How will weight loss surgery help me lose weight?
Following surgery, most patients have very little hunger. There are multiple complex chemical pathways involved, but the net effect is that patients feel full after very small portions and then the lose of weight occurs.
What are typical risks after weight loss surgery?
Risks of weight loss surgery are very low and vary by procedure. 30-day mortality rates for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass are around 0.1-0.2%. These procedures also have a leak rate around 0.2-0.5%. Long-term risks of weight loss surgery include ulcers and bowel obstructions in gastric bypass patients (5-10%), and nutritional deficiencies in all procedures due to reduced intake. These deficiencies can be minimized with proper nutrition.
To meet the special needs of our patients from across the region, ASA has partnered with the Bariatric Wellness Institute and Crestwood Hospital. At these institutions, our board certified surgeons offer both industry-leading expertise and the support and encouragement you need for long-term success.