Surgery

Bariatric surgery is offered at the accredited bariatric center at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr. Fernandez offers sleeve gastrectomy, a proven surgical technique for patients who suffer from obesity, but have experienced little to no success with exercise and dieting. Sleeve gastrectomy, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve operation, involves removing 85-90% of the volume of the stomach and then reshaping the remaining portion into a sleeve-like structure. The reduced stomach effectively restricts the flow of food particles in the intestines, leading the patient to experience a faster-acting and longer-lasting sensation of satiety. As a result, a patient eats less in each sitting.

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy can be effective in curing or relieving diabetes. It is also very effective in improving or curing high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, 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.

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. It is 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.