How the Process Works
When making your decision about weight loss surgery, it is important that you understand the commitment. Making lifestyle changes before and after surgery will be a part of your discussion with your surgeon, and will always be a part of your care plan.
Sometimes, making lifestyle changes may be enough; sometimes you may need help. If surgery is needed, your doctor will help you understand the types of surgery offered and what is right for you.
The Decision for Weight Loss Surgery
Our surgeon works with a multi-specialty team dedicated to providing the best experience possible for our patients throughout the surgical process. Our entire team works with our patients to ensure each patient receives the best possible care before, during and after surgery. We are committed to providing long term follow up and monitoring to help our patients have the best possible chance for success.
We will provide the support and direction to help you be successful throughout your weight loss journey. It also takes a strong commitment to the process on the part of the patient in order for the patient to have the best possible chance at long term success.
The successful patient will not only lose weight but will likely experience significant improvements in other health conditions. Successful patients enjoy an improved quality of life.
To provide ongoing support, we host bariatric surgery seminars, support groups and nutrition classes for our patients who have already had weight loss surgery as well as for those interested in the surgery. Past, current and potential patients along with their family or support person(s) are always welcome to attend.
Obesity is a common problem in the United States. Current research suggests that one in three Americans are obese. In the United States alone, about 300,000 deaths each year can be blamed on obesity.
Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting that genetics may play a role. However, family members also tend to share the same diet and lifestyle. Environment also plays a role in obesity. Environmental factors impacting obesity include what and how often a person eats, a person’s level of physical activity and behavioral health factors. Obesity can also be the result of treatable medical conditions.
The treatment for obesity is difficult. Obesity is a chronic condition and a lifelong battle. It requires long-term lifestyle changes.
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Am I Obese?
Patients are considered to be morbidly obese if they weigh more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight or have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35. BMI uses a mathematical formula along with a person’s height and weight to determine obesity.
Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
Sometimes, weight can be controlled through changes in eating habits and behavior modifications like increasing physical activity. Weight loss surgery is for patients who remain severely obese after trying conventional treatments for weight loss – like diet and exercise – or for patients that have an obesity-related medical condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or heart disease.
Answering the following questions may help you decide if surgery is right for you:
- Are you morbidly obese? Do you have a BMI of 40 or greater?
- Do you have a BMI greater than 35 with one or more obesity related health conditions like high blood pressures, diabetes, sleep apnea, or heart disease?
- Have you tried to lose weight by dieting or exercise but cannot maintain weight loss?
- Are you committed to lifelong lifestyle changes and follow up care?
- If you have depression or excessive stress, has it been adequately treated?
- Are you between 18 and 65 years old?
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