Despite countless conservative attempts to maintain an acceptable weight, such as diets and physical exercise, some people develop MORBID OBESITY nonetheless, and this condition can be life threatening! If therapies fail to work, there may even be a need for surgical intervention.
Our department performs 3 types of surgical techniques, almost exclusively via laparoscopic or keyhole surgery. This website aims to inform you on these surgical interventions: how they are performed, the aftercare and how to optimize their effect.
- Restrictive techniques (restriction of food intake), such as VERTICAL BANDED GASTROPLASTY by MASON and GASTRIC BANDING. With these, the patient can take in only small quantities of food. So, in effect, this is a dietary aid!
- Malabsorption techniques (restriction of digestion), such as BILIOPANCREATIC DERIVATION, by SCOPINARO. This technique has been described and performed by the above since 1976. Here, we are not concerned with how many calories the patient eats, but the amount he can absorb.
- Combined technique, such as the GASTRIC BYPASS. This surgery is mainly concerned with restricting food intake, and to a lesser extent reducing digestion. However, the long-term results are considerably better than those for purely restrictive surgery. This is due to reduced food intake, a reduced feeling of hunger, and “dumping” when sugars are ingested.If you want more indepth information, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lemmens.
To compose a healthy diet, you can use the food pyramid. This model is made up of layers of different sizes.
With every meal, try to choose foods from every layer. At the bottom you will see the foods you need most on a daily basis. For more details it is best to consult the dietician or nutritionalist.
Please contact us only during consult hours. At other moments the doctor will be performing surgery and will not be able to answer your questions.
As Dr. Lemmens is a surgeon, it can happen that the schedule slips because of an urgent intervention. This means it is possible that the consults start later than foreseen.
It is important that you change more than your eating habits. You must also do more physical exercise. The calories you eat and do not use are stored in your body as fat.
To lose weight your body must burn off more calories than it consumes through eating food. This can only be done through exercise. In general you should start with exercise slowly.