A Healthier New You

Weight-loss surgery can help you successfully reach a healthier weight and reduce your risk of developing health complications associated with obesity. In addition, surgical weight loss may also provide significant health benefits and allow you to:

  • Feel better
  • Have more energy
  • Reduce your cholesterol levels
  • Improve or resolve type 2 diabetes:
    • American Diabetes Association’s new recommendations for Bariatric Surgery as a Treatment Option for Type 2 Diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) agree that bariatric surgery can improve outcomes for some patients with diabetes.
    • The ADA-EASD Organizations jointly released a report with recommendations for controlling hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes. They determined that metabolic bariatric surgery can reduce complications from type 2 diabetes including improved blood-sugar regulation and a better quality of life.
    • Many advancements in the treatment of diabetes have improved outcomes, however given the complexity of diabetes, without the proper care and support systems, the complications of poor blood glucose control are progressive and can be devastating.
  • Decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis and gastroesophageal reflux
  • Improve your breathing and mobility

Your weight is determined by some factors you can control, including environment, metabolism and lifestyle habits. Others you cannot control, such as genetics.

By taking a proactive approach to weight loss, you can lower your long-term disease risk and live a longer, healthier life.

What is Morbid Obesity

Morbid obesity is a serious medical condition. If you are morbidly obese, it means that you are severely overweight, usually by at least 100 pounds. It also means that you have excessive amounts of body fat compared to healthy standards.

Knowing whether or not you are morbidly obese is important. This condition puts you at very high risk for a host of serious medical problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Being morbidly obese may also hamper your mobility, expose you to possible discrimination or social stigma and may lower your self-esteem.

If you are morbidly obese, you should remember three important points:

  • Morbid obesity is not a sign of weakness, laziness or gluttony. It is a serious medical condition with serious medical consequences. Current research suggests that many factors work together to influence your weight. These include your family history, eating habits as a child and adult, hormones and psychological factors.
  • You are not alone. Approximately 66 percent of Americans are considered overweight, about 32 percent are considered obese, and about four percent are considered morbidly obese according to the Centers for Disease Control.

There is hope. Resources are available to help you avoid the medical consequences of morbid obesity.

Weight loss surgery may resolve or improve some of the serious complications of morbid obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint pain and incontinence

Risks of Obesity

If you are morbidly obese, you have a much greater risk of developing a variety of serious co-morbid medical conditions compared to individuals who are not obese. You may also develop health problems at a younger age. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease/Angina/Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Back and joint pain
  • Pregnancy complications, including diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and
  • C-section delivery
  • Menstrual irregularity and infertility in women
  • Bladder problems
  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • Liver disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Gout
  • Poor heat tolerance
  • Complications and infections after surgery
  • Skin infections
  • Depression and eating disorders
  • Endometrial, breast, prostate, kidney, esophageal and colon cancers
  • Family history of any of the above

Morbid obesity is second only to cigarette smoking as a leading cause of preventable death. Your doctor can discuss smoking cessation program options with you prior to surgery, if necessary.

Am I A Candidate?

If you are unable to lose weight and maintain weight loss through a structured, medical weight-loss program that includes strict dietary management, physical exercise, lifestyle changes, and/or medication, you may be a candidate for weight-loss, or bariatric, surgery.

Candidates for surgery are generally:

  • 18+ years old
  • Severely obese (BMI of 40 or more; 100 pounds or more overweight)
  • Obese (BMI of 35-39.9) and suffering from obesity-related disease (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, heart or lung disease).
  • Experiencing personal, work-related, or relationship problems due to obesity
  • Able to commit to long-term medical follow-up, as well as the lifestyle, dietary, and exercise changes necessary to maintain health after surgery
  • Willing to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if they are emotionally healthy enough to understand the ramifications of their decision

Surgery may be associated with its own set of problems, such as infection, poor wound healing, and rarely even death. Therefore, you and your surgeon should carefully discuss the risks of your current health condition compared to the risks and benefits of surgery.

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