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Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
Obesity is a chronic disease, meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time. An estimated 5-10 million Americans are considered morbidly obese. Obesity becomes “morbid” when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions or serious diseases (also known as co-morbidities) that can result either in significant physical disability or even death.
There are many reasons a person can become obese. The exact causes may be difficult to pinpoint. Many factors can contribute, including genetic, environmental, metabolic disorders, and of course lifestyle habits. The important thing is: how you got here doesn’t really matter – it’s what you do next that’s important.
- The sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery only on the stomach and does not involve any surgery on the intestine
- A balloon is inserted into the stomach and then filled with liquid
- other options
- The LAP-BAND® is a silicone ring designed to be placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline on its inner surface.
Obesity affects your life and lifestyle.
At times, it may seem that everyone has an opinion about your weight. You probably already know however: obesity isn’t good for you. And you know better than anyone how excessive weight affects your life – how you look, how you feel, and the things you can or can’t do. What you might not realize is that obesity can also affect how long you live. Obesity increases your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions. Studies show significant weight loss may improve, or even resolve, these conditions.
When diet and exercise aren’t enough – Surgery is an option.
You’ve probably tried to lose weight before, but gained it all back – only to try again. You should know that you are not alone. Studies have shown that while people on traditional diet and exercise programs can lose weight, most gain it all back within months. Surgery is a safe and effective alternative to those that have been unable to lose weight with more conservative measures. If you have been losing the battle with obesity, it may be time to consider bariatric surgery. To help you make a decision, talk to a qualified bariatric physician and surgeon.
CENTER of EXCELLENCE
Midsouth Bariatrics and Dr George Woodman are proud to achieve the recognition of ASMBS and the Surgical Review Committee as a Center of Excellence in bariatric surgery.