What is Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery is a major, lift changing commitment that is an effective and safe method of weight loss for those who are desperately seeking answers. However, surgery should not be considered the first line of therapy. Patients must show extensive effort with diet, exercise, and other natural alternatives before considering bariatric surgery.

Although the procedure has major long term benefits of reducing weight related health problem (such as hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea and heart disease), it also carries procedural risks as any medical procedure does. Patients must go through a medical process to determine if they are candidates for the procedure they choose. Procedures include: Roux en Y Bariatric Procedure, Lap Band Surgery and Sleeve Gastrectomy.

This includes determining if the patient is physically fit for surgery, psychologically prepared for the commitment and compliance of therapy, as well as determining if the patient has proper social support. Recently there has been discussion of weight loss surgery improving chances of fertility as well; reproductive endocrinologists are referring patients for weight loss surgery as well.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is measured for all patients as well as evaluation and determination of possible concurrent health conditions. These conditions include:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Heart Disease
  • Infertility
  • Obesity related psychological stress
  • Venous stasis
  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Dyslipidemia

Consult with your primary care physician:

After various attempts at losing weight, consult with your primary care physician to discuss if bariatric surgery is in your best interest medically. This should be a collaborative effort between patients and their various medical providers. If the decision is made that this would be in the best interest of the patient from a health standpoint, a series of tests will be done to assure that the patient is qualified for surgery. Remember, this is an elective procedure, and your primary care provider must assure that you are healthy enough for surgery.

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