The goal of weight loss surgery is to live a better, healthier and longer life. There are two basic ways that bariatric surgery works to help patients lose weight and improve or resolve obesity-related health conditions. Malabsorptive procedures that alter digestion, causing the food to be incompletely digested and absorbed so that it is eliminated in the stool. Restrictive procedures that limit food intake.
Most patients enjoy an improvement in health and obesity-related conditions (such as mobility, self-image and self-esteem). You should make the decision to have weight loss surgery only after careful consideration and consultation with an experienced bariatric surgeon or a knowledgeable family physician. However, the decision to have a surgical weight loss procedure is entirely up to you.
After having heard all the information, you must decide if the benefits outweigh the side effects and potential physical and emotional complications. This surgery is only a tool. Your ultimate success depends on your adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes.
Following are the types of weight loss surgery we perform at Atlantic Medical Group Advanced Surgical:
Pathway to Weight Loss Surgery
The choice to undergo bariatric surgery is one of the most important decisions of your life. Below, you’ll find a few of several medically accepted criteria for defining morbid obesity and helping you determine whether or not you will qualify for bariatric surgery:
- If you are more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight
- If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or over
- If you have a BMI of 35 or over and diagnosed significant co-morbidities, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
- If you haven’t been able to maintain healthy body weight even with medically supervised dieting
Body Mass Index (BMI) calculators have been the basic standard by which the average patient can help determine his or her eligibility for weight loss surgery. BMI calculator can both describe what weight category you fall into and help you track your weight with a simple easy-to-understand number.
Bariatric surgery should not be viewed as a weight loss tool exclusively. It is a tool to improve or eliminate the diseases that are caused and exacerbated by obesity. In the end, it is up to our office and/or your insurance company to decide whether you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.
Why Attend an Online Seminar?
One of the first requirements for people interested in weight loss surgery is watching our online seminar. This seminar is completely free to you and serves to educate potential, qualified patients on the benefits and risks.