Is Weight Loss Surgery For Me?
Obesity is the excess accumulation of body fat, to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health. It can lead to reduced life expectancy and increased health conditions such as certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, acid reflux, sleep apnea and type II diabetes.
Should I Consider Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgery is an option for individuals who:
- Are 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight or
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or
- Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea
If you have tried traditional weight loss methods without success and you would like to explore the option of weight loss surgery, speak to your doctor about a weight loss procedure at Citrus Memorial Hospital.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
What is a BMI?
BMI stands for body mass index. Body mass index is calculated based on a person's weight and height and is a reliable indicator of a how much body fat a person has.
We’re here to help you on a path toward a healthier life. Weight loss surgery is considered the most successful approach to rescuing patients from morbid obesity. Surgery can also prevent, and sometimes reverse, the development of diseases associated with obesity.
Studies show that surgical weight loss patients have significant and lasting weight loss and improvement in diabetes, lipid levels, HDL levels, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, infertility and many other medical conditions. Achieving a healthier weight has shown to improve quality and increase quantity of life.
Surgical or bariatric weight loss offers you the opportunity to live a healthier life.
- Enables you to feel satisfied with small amounts of food
- Eliminates or significantly reduces many medical conditions such as Type II Diabetes, resolve reflux or GERD, resolve sleep apnea and lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Allows you to live the life you want to live!
- And, with our new robotic technology, we offer an advanced, minimally invasive procedure for surgical weight loss
Some options include:
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve, is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original size, by surgically removing a large portion of the stomach. There is no bypass involved. This procedure provides rapid weight loss and is a great alternative for patients with higher BMI’s.
Gastric Bypass (Laparoscopic)
Gastric bypass, also referred to as Roux-en-Y, uses both a restrictive and a malabsorptive surgery technique. It restricts food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. In addition to creating a smaller stomach pouch, the surgery changes the body's normal digestive process. As a result, food bypasses a large part of the stomach and most of the small intestine.
Diet and Exercise Regimen
After weight loss surgery it is absolutely essential to follow a specified eating regiment that will ensure that you properly heal and obtain adequate nutrition. Weight loss surgery is a surgical "tool" that can help you reduce unhealthy weight and body fat. The number one reason for failure of weight loss surgery is not following the post surgery diet and modified exercise program prescribed by your weight loss surgeon or dietitian.
Ideally, your diet should have changed before bariatric weight loss surgery to get you into the habit of eating more protein, eating less and eating healthy. Immediately after your weight loss surgery, your eating habits will drastically change in ways that will have a major impact on your lifestyle - for the rest of your life. After surgery, it will generally take about 9-12 weeks for you to gradually progress to eating solid foods.
It is very important to strictly comply with your physician's or dietitian's recommended diet guidelines.