Alabama Bariatrics & Minimally Invasive Surgery

Bariatric Diet Orbera Gastric Band Sleeve Gastrectomy Gastric Bypass

W. Jay Suggs, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Madison, Huntsville, and Decatur
Phone: (256) 274-4523
Fax: (256) 203-8791

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Testimonials

“My first impression of Dr Suggs was that he made me feel like I was important to him. He made me feel welcome and always made me feel like I could do the program. I still have the same impression of him - a kind, caring person. His office staff is high quality and very personable. The aftercare includes support groups which is very helpful to pre-op and post-op patients. He was very honest about the risks of surgery. I would give him a 10 out of 10 rating. Both his surgical competence and bedside manner are great. I would highly recommend Dr. Suggs to anyone who is considering the gastric bypass surgery.” – Melanie Head*

Dr Suggs did my gastric bypass sugery in aug 2006 in decatur.I was so desperate and obese with a four month old suprise at 41 years of age I had a baby girl. Weighing a whopping 338 pds I was wondering how in this world will I be able to keep up with my baby girl. I had my surgery and would do it all over again. I would and have recommended Dr Suggs to many people including family and friends.” – sherry2006*

Dr. Suggs was not the first surgeon I had consulted with about my WLS...but he was the last. After my brother and his wife were treated by him, I felt he could be the right surgeon for me. The second I met his staff, and eventually him...I knew I was in the right hands. The overall process from the first consult until the surgery itself was quick and painless. I never once had a concern, as Dr. Suggs explained everything in full detail, and was always there to answer questions. Thankful that I had this opportunity at a better life. Would (and HAVE) highly recommend.” TopherCarter*

 

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*Results may vary.

Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

The laparoscopic gastric bypass is both a restrictive and malabsorptive  procedure in which a tiny pouch is created, and the stomach is bypassed.   Dr. Suggs has been performing the gastric bypass for over 14 years.  It’s very effective in curing or relieving diabetes, as well as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease, joint pain, and acid reflux.  The surgery is performed laparoscopically through tiny incisions, and most people go home from the hospital the day after surgery.  Most patients are back to work in 2-3 weeks, but often in less time.

bypass01How it works

  • Rapid initial weight loss
  • Reduces the hormone Ghrelin levels
  • “Dumping syndrome” can occur
  • Proven reduction of comorbidities
  • Longest experience in USA

Results

  • Average of 70% excess weight loss*
  • >50% excess weight loss long term*
  • Fastest weight loss in 1st 6 months
  • The more obese you are, the faster the loss
  • The older you are, the slower the loss
  • Weight loss stabilizes at 18 months with small regain
  • You lose fat but not skin
  • Generally, not hungry

Risks

As with any surgery, there can be risks like leak from the staple line (<0.14%), risk of infection (<0.5%), bleeding (<2%), and pulmonary embolism (<0.2%).  There are also long term risks of vitamin and mineral deficiencies such as iron and calcium, risk of dumping syndrome, risk of ulcer, and risk of internal hernia or twisting of the intestine. Some patients may have temporary hair loss while rapidly losing weight.

bypass02Qualifications:

  • BMI 40+.  No comorbidities necessary.
  • Or BMI 35-39 with an obesity related comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or heart disease.
  • Age 18-70 years
  • Smoke-free for at least 2 months prior to surgery and a commitment to stay smoke –free.
  • Previous failed attempts at dieting.

Insurance Coverage:

  • If your insurance covers bariatric surgery, they should cover the laparoscopic gastric bypass.  Note that you will have copays and deductibles.
  • Note that most insurances also have additional requirements for approval for surgery, such as 6-months of physician supervised diet, 3 years of primary care physician records, and psychology clearance.

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*Results may vary.

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*Results may vary.