Is Bariatric Surgery the Right Option for You?
More than 10 years ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) determined that individuals with severe (or morbid) obesity are extremely resistant to maintaining weight loss achieved by more conventional therapies, such as diet and exercise. Since that time, the NIH recognized bariatric surgery as the only effective treatment for obesity.
Post bariatric surgery, patients typically lose between 55% and 70% of their excess body weight and find their overall health and quality of life greatly improved. But bariatric surgery isn’t for everyone. In general, bariatric surgery could be an option for you if:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher, constituting extreme obesity
- Your BMI is 35-39.9 and you have serious weight-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea
As your doctor will explain, bariatric surgery works by altering the anatomy of your gastrointestinal tract (stomach and digestive system) or by creating physiological changes that influence your energy balance and fat-burning ability (metabolism).
Enjoy Numerous, Lifelong Benefits
In addition to enabling permanent weight loss, bariatric surgery may improve or cure many conditions often caused by or related to obesity, notably diabetes. In the past, this disease was considered progressive and incurable, but approximately 85% of our diabetic patients have seen their illness resolve following surgery.
Bariatric surgery also either reduces the risk of or reverses other health problems, including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Severe sleep apnea
- Infertility in younger women
- Certain cancers
Whatever procedure you and your surgeon decide is best, it is important to remember that bariatric surgery is a tool—not a unilateral solution. Overall success depends on many other critical factors, such as nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and your desire to make real lifestyle changes.
Our physicians, nutritionists and staff members form close relationships with all of our patients. We will follow you carefully after surgery and be with you every step of the way, offering encouragement and support.
We are pleased that so many of our patients have maintained their weight loss and, as a result, experience reduced anxiety and depression, as well as enhanced feelings of self-worth and ability to enjoy life to the fullest.
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