Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?
Bariatric surgical procedures induce weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold which results in either malabsorption of nutrients or a combination of both gastric restriction and malabsorption. Most weight loss surgeries performed today use minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).
Common bariatric surgery options include: gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, vertical banded gastroplasty, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. You can educate yourself on some of the advantages and disadvantages of these types at the ASMBS website.
Choosing Your Physician
This site is the former home of Dr James Champion who passed away in 2016. Dr Champion was one of the most highly respected bariatric surgeons in America. He wrote numerous surgical textbook chapters and was an Advisory Board Member of the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program.
Dr Champion's practice was totally committed to Laparoscopic Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery and assisting patients with the challenge of dealing with the lifelong and significant changes that occur with surgical weight loss. These revolutionary techniques have the potential to greatly reduce the pain and prolonged recovery required with traditional operations. He began performing Laparoscopic Weight Loss surgery in 1995 and completed almost 3000 Bariatric procedures during his career.
Doctor Champion employed a team of caring professionals who addressed patient needs in a warm and supportive atmosphere. They were there to assist by sharing their experiences in A Certified Bariatric Center of Excellence that ensured the quality of your care patients deserved. The practice was called the Videoscopic Institute of Atlanta. It the most thorough Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery patient care center in the state of Georgia, and the entire USA.
The Videoscopic Institute of Atlanta, P.C., Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery) offered surgical options for patients 100 pounds or more overweight, or whose body mass index (BMI) was 40 or above, due to the greatly increased risk of health problems associated with severe obesity. Surgery was also indicated for patients with a BMI of 35-39 with an established associated health problem. Obesity surgery is an alternative to medical management which may include diets, drug therapy, behavior modification or exercise programs. Outcomes depend on the patient's cooperation and determination in following instructions and assuring success of the procedure.
Dr Champion's practice performed the following Laparoscopic Bariatric Weight Loss Surgeries:
- Roux En-Y Gastroplasty (RNY, RUNY, or Roux En-Y)
- Realize Band®
- Gastric Sleeve
- Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG)
- Revisions and Conversions of failed Weight Loss Surgeries