Many people struggle to lose weight and keep it off. If your weight is starting to affect your health and your way of life, and you’ve tried other weight loss methods without success, it may be time to consider weight-loss or bariatric surgery. Weight-loss surgery has been life-changing for many people. Is it right for you?
Guidelines for weight-loss surgery:
- 18 years or older.
- BMI ≥ 40.
- Inability to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time with prior weight-loss efforts.
- BMI ≥ 35 and at least one or more obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), high blood pressure, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders or heart disease.
How does weight-loss surgery work?
Weight-loss or bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and adjustable gastric banding, work by changing the anatomy of your gastrointestinal tract (stomach and digestive system) or by causing different physiological changes in your body that change your energy balance and fat metabolism.
By changing your gastrointestinal anatomy, certain bariatric procedures affect the production of intestinal hormones in a way that reduces hunger and appetite and increases feelings of fullness. The end result is less desire to eat. These surgically induced changes in hormones are different from those produced by dietary weight loss alone.
When you meet with your surgeon, different surgical options will be presented, and you and the surgeon will decide which procedure is best for you. It is important to remember that bariatric surgery is a tool. Weight-loss success depends on many important factors such as nutrition, exercise and behavior modification.
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What People Are Saying
I cannot say enough about Dr. VanOsdol and Katy Caffee. They both are so professional and caring. I met with Dr. VanOsdol first and he suggest what type of surgery I would need. I then met with Katy Caffee to follow up before my surgery. I will continue to meet with them on a yearly basis. They both do care and have provided so much education and information.
The care by everybody here, especially Dr. Sade, was exceptional. They never made me feel like I was choosing to do the easy thing. They knew that this was going to be hard and that this was an option for me. I was not quite sure which surgery I wanted to choose and Dr. Sade was so knowledgeable about everything and he made me so sure in the decision that I was making.
My life has changed in so many positive ways after surgery. My health is better, I feel so much better. My knees don’t hurt! I have more energy too. When my daughter saw me after I’d lost weight, she told my husband that I am looking like the woman he married 41 years ago.
I can finally have pride in my body and I have self-confidence now that I never had before. I can get on the ground, I play with my nephews all day and not tire in 10 minutes. I can finally do things that make me happy and want to help make others feel the same way.