Why Weight Loss Surgery?
While weight loss surgery may seem like an extreme solution, it is an option that those suffering from morbid obesity or co-morbid conditions are choosing more frequently because it is the only proven, long-term treatment for obesity. For many, dieting and exercise programs have limited or short-term results, and while healthier eating and exercise have intrinsic benefits, they may not always lead to weight loss.
When to consider weight loss surgery
If you have a BMI of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35+ and a co-existing medical problem related to obesity, weight loss surgery may be a good option for you. Many individuals who opt for weight loss surgery have tried countless programs to restrict food intake or increase activity levels, and may have lost and gained weight several times. Frequent weight fluctuations can take a toll on your body, whereas weight loss surgery enables individuals to reduce their weight and sustain that loss.
Types of weight loss surgery
The following types of weight loss surgeries are available at University Health Care. These procedures have been practiced and tested extensively in the United States, improving the lives of over 800,000 people in the last six years. Click on the links below to learn about specific types of weight loss surgery:
- Gastric Banding
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass: This type of weight loss surgery creates a small stomach by cause food to bypass a part of the small intestine. This makes individuals feel full more quickly and reduces the amount of food you can eat in one sitting.
How Does Weight Loss Surgery Ease Obesity-Related Conditions?
If you are suffering from obesity and also have a related health condition, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea, learn more about how weight loss surgery has improved quality of life and outcomes for other patients.