About the Expert
Dr. Jeremy Parcells and Dr. Andrew Standerwick are both Certified by the American Board of Surgery. They perform bariatric surgeries at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, a recently certified MBSAQIP comprehensive center of excellence. They both specialize in weight-loss surgeries including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and duodenal switch. In addition to bariatric surgery, they perform a wide range of procedures including hernia, gallbladder, anti-reflux, colorectal, bariatric surgery, almost all of which are done in a minimally invasive fashion using the da Vinci surgical robotic system.
Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
If you’re obese, and other treatments—including diet, exercise, and medication—haven’t worked for you, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Diets, shakes, and fad diets have less than a 5% success rate compared to 70-85% with bariatric surgery. An experienced bariatric surgeon will consider your age, weight-loss goals, and any other medical problems before recommending which is the best procedure for you.
What are the different bariatric procedures available?
Bariatric doctors are having success every day providing safe weight loss with the help of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and duodenal switch. At Surgical Associates of Mansfield, we’re able to perform these procedures with the help of a state-of-the-art da Vinci robotic surgical system which allows these life-saving surgeries to be performed with very small incisions, fewer wound complications, less pain, faster and easier recovery, and superior outcomes.
What are some of the benefits of weight-loss surgery?
The ultimate goal for us is to see you live a healthier, longer, safer life. Losing excess weight through one of our cutting-edge weight-loss surgeries can also mean saying “good-bye” to obesity-related conditions such as sleep apnea, hypertension, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, depression, degenerative joint disease, and more. These are conditions which negatively affect your quality of life and often lower your life expectancy. Weight loss surgery can jumpstart your new, healthy lifestyle and improve your relationship, self-esteem, employment opportunities, and overall health and happiness.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
Each patient is unique. It depends on how much weight you have to lose and how willing you are to partner with us and make the lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight safely—and keep it off. Factors like age, starting weight, and which operation you undergo can all have an impact on how much weight you lose. We’ve seen our bariatric patients lose anywhere from 40 to over 200 pounds.
Can I still get pregnant after having weight-loss surgery?
Absolutely and research suggests that weight-loss surgery before pregnancy can lower the risk to women and their babies of obesity-related problems during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, blood pressure disorders, newborns who are large for their gestational ages, postpartum hemorrhage, and cesarean delivery. For some women, losing weight has made it easier for them to get pregnant. It is, however, recommended that you wait at least one year, and preferably two years, after bariatric surgery to become pregnant. Your OB-GYN should perform nutritional deficiency testing before conception to determine your individual need for supplements, as well as monthly tests during pregnancy. But many women deliver healthy babies after bariatric surgery.
Are there risks with weight-loss surgery?
There are risks with any surgery. But when compared to the risks of living with obesity, the risks of bariatric surgery are minimal. The main thing to keep in mind is to have a skilled and reputable surgeon who can successfully address any risks that arise in a healthy and safe way. Very rarely do complications arise.