Center for Bariatrics
Why Bariatric Surgery?
According to estimates, less than 5% of individuals who participate in non-surgical weight loss programs will lose a significant amount of weight and maintain that loss for a long period of time. Sustained weight loss for patients who are morbidly obese is even harder to achieve. Worse, people who subject their bodies to a severe and continuing cycle of weight loss and gain known as “yo-yo dieting” are subject to serious health risks.
Advantages of Bariatric Surgery
- A 2004 analysis of more than 22,000 patients showed that those who underwent a bariatric surgical procedure experienced complete resolution or improvement of their co-morbid conditions including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea.
- 83.7 percent of type 2 diabetes cases were resolved. In the studies analyzed, the control group that didn’t have bariatric surgery was at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes: 3.7 times higher.
- Resolution of type 2 diabetes often occurred within days of the surgery.
- 96.9 percent of hyperlipidemia cases were resolved.
- 75.4 percent of hypertension cases were resolved; 87.1 percent were resolved or improved.
- Substantial weight reduction occurred; 61.6 percent of excess weight was lost.
- In 2000, a study of 500 patients showed that 96 percent of co-morbidities (the study looked specifically at back pain, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and depression) were improved or resolved.
- A great deal of excess weight was lost, and patients experienced resolution of co-morbidities, and improved appearance, social opportunities, and economic opportunities.
Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?
If you are more than 100 pounds overweight, have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise, and can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, bariatric surgery may be right for you.
- Do you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more?
- Do you have a BMI of 35 or more, plus a life-threatening obesity-related health problem such as diabetes, severe sleep apnea, or heart disease?
- Does your weight cause physical problems that interfere with family, recreational, or work-related activities?
- Do you suffer from obesity-related health problems such as joint disease or infertility?
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