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Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?
If you’re struggling with severe obesity, and repeated dieting and exercise just haven’t worked, a bariatric (weight loss) procedure may be the solution for you. In fact, when combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, weight loss surgery is the only effective option to combat severe obesity and maintain long-term weight loss, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Losing weight can be extremely difficult, and for people who have 100 pounds or more to lose, it can be even more challenging. For some, weight-loss surgery may offer a solution where other methods have failed. Bariatric surgery can be life transforming, offering individuals an opportunity to lead a more active and satisfying life.
Weight loss is a journey and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Many of our patients experience more than just long-term weight reduction- they experience notable improvement in their health. Concerns – including diabetes, hypertension, respiratory problems, heart disease and depression – often improve after weight loss, and patients gain a new, more positive outlook on life and are given the opportunity to pursue a lifestyle that before they only dreamed of having. Through methods including dietary counseling, behavior modification, exercise, support groups and bariatric surgery, we do more than help reduce weight. We change lives.
You may be a candidate for a weight loss procedure if you are:
- 18 years of age or older
- Have a body mass index of 40 or above
- Have a body mass index of 35 or above, and you also suffer from one or more health problems, such as type 2 diabetes or hypertension
- Have a body mass index between 30 and 34 and you also have two or more weight-induced chronic conditions
- Struggling with an obesity-related condition like hypertension, heart disease or sleep apnea
- Have tried or are currently trying to lose weight through other means such as diet, exercise and behavioral changes with only short term success
- Psychologically ready for weight loss surgery and willing to commit to a whole new lifestyle
- Do not drink alcohol in excess
Rather than relying only on the bathroom scale to tell you if you’re overweight, experts say you should also know your body mass index (BMI). BMI takes into account not just your weight, but also your height to indicate body fat. The goal for most people is a BMI that’s over 18 and under 25.
What Happens Next?
If you meet any of the requirements above, join us for a free informational session where we’ll share in-depth information on weight loss surgery options, and the benefits, risks and expected results of each procedure.
For more information about our quarterly Weight Loss Seminar, view the following flyer here.
To register for a weight loss surgery seminar or to schedule a private consultation, please call (256) 235-8904.