Asked Questions About Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss Surgery?
latest statistics from the National Health Institute shows that
more than 50 percent of the adult population in the United States
is overweight. Current statistics reveal that nearly 25 percent
of the population is obese.
body mass index (BMI) above 40 means about 100 pounds overweight
for men and 80 pounds overweight for women, which indicates that
a person is severely obese and therefore a candidate for surgery.
Surgery also may be an option for people with a BMI between 35 and
40 who suffer from life threatening cardiopulmonary problems, for
example: severe sleep apnea or obesity-related heart disease, or
diabetes. However, as in other treatments for obesity, successful
results depend mainly on motivation and behavior. Contact us
for more information regarding weight loss.
Mass Index Calculator
A Body Mass Index calculator works in a pretty simple manner.
It takes your height and weight and determines if - in general
- your weight is in a healthy range for your height.
Measure your height (including feet and inches) while standing
barefoot, then weigh yourself.
weight loss surgery something I should consider?
loss surgery is commonly recommended by physicians (and approved
for coverage by insurance companies) when the perceived risks of
continued obesity are greater than the risks of having surgery.
In general, the risks of obesity are considered to outweigh the
risks of surgery when a patient is 100 pounds or more overweight
or has a Body Mass Index (BMI) * of 40 or greater.
has many adverse effects on your medical and psychological well
People who are morbidly
obese have a higher incidence of:
* Low self esteem
can lead to premature death and is responsible for 300,000 deaths
per year. The morbidly obese die 10 to 15 years earlier than the
rest of the population.
can I go back to work after the weight loss surgery?
This will depend on the type of weight loss surgery you have and the
type of job you do. For obesity surgery, most patients can
proceed with their regular activities after about 6 weeks. If you
work in a low-impact office, you may be able to go back to work after
3 weeks. If you are a construction worker, you may be able to go back
after 6 weeks. Each patient heals on their own schedule.
kind of foods will I be able to eat and drink?
Immediately after the operation, you will be placed on a strict menu
of liquid foods and a diet plan while you heal. A list of foods you
will be able to eat will be provided, along with instructions on when
you begin eating them. Many patients become lactose intolerant after
the operation. You will be able to eat whatever you want, but in small
portions. Even so, your appetite will feel satiated, and you will
not feel hungry.
fast will I lose the weight after stomach stapling, and is it dangerous?
Most of the weight will be lost in the first six months. Some patients
have even been able to loose weight for up to two years after the
surgery. This surgery is a tool to help you loose weight, and exercise
and diet will help you achieve your ideal body weight. Losing weight
quickly is generally not a dangerous procedure if you maintain your
vitamin supplements and diet.
is not a Candidate for Surgery?
People at the extreme ages of life, women who are pregnant, alcoholics,
drug addicts, and patients with certain psychological diagnoses,
are generally not eligible for weight loss surgery.
Will Benefit the Most From Surgery?
Those patients who are unhappy with their current condition and
who are most willing to make a lifestyle change. A life-long commitment
to all aspects of treatment is necessary. Regular exercise, dietary
discipline, support group participation, and occasional office visits
with your doctor are important components of post-operative success.
you are obese, there are several key factors to keep in mind when
making a decision as to managing your weight. Bariatric surgery
is the only proven long-term method of weight loss for individuals
100 or more pounds overweight. Diet, exercise and behavior modification
result in only a 10 percent long-term weight loss.
are able to maintain their weight loss after surgery. Studies show
The average weight loss after obesity surgery is:
75% of excess weight after 1-2 years
55-65% of excess weight after 5-10 years
average weight loss after surgery is: 60% average excess weight
loss after 5-6 years
Ways Surgical Procedures Promote Weight Loss
procedures promote weight loss by decreasing food intake. Operations
limit the amount of food the stomach can hold by closing off part
of the stomach. These operations also promote weight loss by delaying
the emptying of the stomach by causing food to be poorly digested
and absorbed. In the gastric bypass procedure, a surgeon makes a
direct connection from the stomach to a lower segment of the small
intestine, bypassing the duodenum and some of the jejunum. Immediately
following surgery, most patients lose weight rapidly and continue
to do so until 12 - 18 months after the procedure. Surgery improves
most obesity-related conditions. For example, in one study, blood
sugar levels of most obese patients with diabetes returned to normal
after surgery. Contact us for more information about your options.
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