Why Surgery

  • Severe obesity is a chronic condition that is hard to treat with diet and exercise alone. Bariatric Surgery is the safest and most effective way to lose weight and improve co-morbidities. It is an operation on the stomach and/or intestines that helps patients, with extreme obesity,  lose weight. Surgery is an option for people who cannot lose weight by other means or who suffer from serious health problems related to obesity.
    The surgery restricts food intake, which promotes weight loss and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Some surgeries also interrupt how food is digested, preventing some calories and nutrients, such as vitamins, from being absorbed. Recent studies suggest that bariatric surgery may even lower death rates for patients with severe obesity. The best results occur when patients follow surgery with healthy eating patterns and regular exercise.

People who are overweight can suffer from a number of serious and even lifethreatening illnesses associated with their obesity.

According to the National Institutes of Health, these include:

    1. Type 2 Diabetes
    2. Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke
    3. Metabolic Syndrome
    4. Sleep Apnea
    5. Cancer
    6. Osteoarthritis
    7. Gallbladder Disease
    8. Pregnancy Complications
    9. Decreased life span

For many overweight people, weight loss surgery is not just about looking better, it can literally be a life saving proposition!!!

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a set of five risk factors that greatly increase an individual's chance for diabetes, heart attack or stroke. Having three of five risk factors, means that you have metabolic syndrome. These include:

    1. Extra weight and large waist
    2. 35 inches (90 cm) or more for men,
      31 inches ( 80 cm) or more for women

    3. High blood pressure
    4. 130/85 mmHg or higher 

    5. High triglyceride level
    6. 150 mg/dL or more

    7. Low HDL cholesterol
    8. less than 40 mg/dL for men or 50 mg/dL for women

    9. High blood sugar (glucose)
    10. 100 mg/dL or more