When electing to have weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, Toronto residents know that it is never an easy decision to make. However, once you’ve made the decision to undergo the process, choosing where to have it performed is a relatively easy choice.
Dr. Michel Gagner, one of the world’s preeminent experts in minimally invasive weight-loss surgery, is available to guide you through this potentially life-changing process.
At his weight loss clinic, Toronto-area residents will find that he makes their health a priority, and that his kind and diligent staff members will be with you on the journey every step of the way.
Are you fighting with your obesity?
Unfortunately, exercise and eating right don't always give people the results they want, no matter how dedicated they are to their health. When that is the case, bariatric surgery is an option they should explore.
At Clinique Michel Gagner MD, our procedures have long-term effects and can either reduce the size of your stomach or limit the amount of nutrients your body can absorb.
Our weight-loss clinic welcomes all those that want to take control of their lives and stop living with their obesity weighing on their mind. From the sleeve gastrectomy procedure to the gastric bypass, Toronto residents know they can trust Dr. Gagner and his staff to help them through the process.
We've provided some FAQs Toronto residents often have about our work.
The term bariatric surgery is used to describe a general category of procedures, which include a variety of weight-loss surgeries from the gastric bypass to a duodenal switch to a gastric balloon. Bariatric surgery effectively helps obese people lose weight either by reducing the volume of the stomach via gastric band, removing of a portion of the stomach, or re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch.
By reducing the volume of the stomach, bariatric surgery physically limits the amount of nutrients that the patient can absorb, effectively leading to weight loss.
Bariatric surgery can also help reduce the risk of other health problems, such as Type II diabetes and atherosclerosis. The preparation involved can even detect pre-existing conditions in their early stages, and potentially save the patient’s life. A gastric bypass is one of several weight-loss solutions that bariatric surgeons use.
Bariatric surgery is recommended only for Toronto patients suffering from relatively severe chronic obesity. This is a condition that is often difficult if not impossible to treat with diet and exercise alone.
Generally speaking, this type of surgery is performed on patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35, which is about 100 pounds over their normal weight.
In some cases, the procedure can be recommended for patients with a lower BMI if they have health conditions, including hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, asthma, or sleep apnea.
Everyone has a BMI score that gauges health according to a formula related to their height. If the BMI is over 35, then they have too much body fat. Obesity is complex since it has many causes, some of which are:
Combining these three aspects can be problematic. Whether you're in Toronto or on the other side of the map, we live in a world where body image is valued too much for the wrong reasons. This causes people to go to extremes, such as stress eating or working out one's body too hard, because they are either unhappy with how they look and have low self-esteem or they push themselves to do everything to attain their dream body. People don't always consider the medical consequences of being overweight, which can include risks such as strokes and complications due to high cholesterol.
Lifestyle changes aren't necessarily always a magic bullet when trying to achieve an ideal body weight. Dr. Gagner is an innovative surgeon, and the health of his Toronto patients is at the forefront of his work.
We have many patients traveling from out-of-province to have their procedure done in Montreal. Traveling a few hours makes sense if you want to have your surgery done by one of the world’s best bariatric surgeons!
Traveling patients are recommended to travel to and from Montreal accompanied. Traveling patients will usually spend a total of 5 nights in Montreal, two of which are already included in the operative fee.
At Clinique Michel Gagner MD, we know that these types of procedures can be daunting, but our kind and supportive staff are here with you every step of the way. We employ exemplary surgical care to our patients because their health is important to us.
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Frequently asked questions
Your recovery from surgery will take place in the surgery center's recovery room for the first night, and then in our Westmount Square convalescent center for the following night.
When will I be able to return to work? Under normal conditions, patients are able to leave their recovery rooms and return home 48 hours after the surgery.
The time required before returning to work depends on the type of work. For desk work, return times are 1-2 weeks post-op. For physical work, return times are 2-6 weeks post-op.