Surgical Weight Loss
Today, one-third of adults older than 20 have a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or more. A BMI greater than 35 is considered morbidly obese. Obese individuals have a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of death from all causes compared to normal-weight individuals.
Of the people who try to diet and exercise but weigh 100 pounds or more than their ideal weight, only two percent will succeed in keeping their weight off. In cases of severe obesity when all other options have been exhausted, bariatric surgery may be recommended. Bariatric surgery alters the digestive process. The result is better weight loss, fewer side effects and longer-lasting results.
Bariatric surgery is only a tool to help severely obese patients lose weight. Long-term weight loss requires active participation from the patient. Each patient must commit to making dramatic lifestyle changes, such as eating nutritious meals, restricting food intake and exercising regularly.
The average patient either has a family or personal history of diabetes, respiratory problems, high blood pressure, heart disease or high cholesterol. These disease processes are better managed and potentially reduced or eliminated after the surgery. In addition, patients often have a boost in confidence and happiness after having bariatric surgery.
Bariatric Surgery as an Established Option
Bariatric surgery was developed in the 1960’s. Technology and surgical practice have both improved and expanded upon the original procedure. Today, we’re able to choose from procedure options based on patient need. Selecting the right option depends on the patient’s condition, dietary habits and willingness to alter eating behavior. This decision will be made together with the bariatric surgeon of your choice.