In cases where diets and exercise have not been successful over the long term, and a person with morbid obesity is ready to commit to a lifestyle change, bariatric surgery may be the best option.
A person is considered morbidly obese if he or she is 100 pounds over his/her ideal body weight, has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more, or 35 or more and is experiencing obesity-related health issues, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
In addition, obesity can cause other serious health problems such as high cholesterol, sleep apnea, difficulty moving, and more. Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity and can improve or resolve many of the medical problems related to obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health.
A commitment to making lifestyle changes is very important to help a patient maintain good results from weight-loss surgery over the long term. In general, people who are candidates for surgery have:
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40.
- A BMI greater than 35 with associated medical problems (type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, sleep apnea). (The FDA approved use of the lap band technique in patients with BMI over 30 with health complications.)
- Attempted weight loss through behavioral modification or medical treatment over a period of years.
- A commitment to long-term lifestyle changes.
Baptist Health is an Accredited Bariatric Center of Excellence and offers a free informational seminar, consultations with experienced surgeons, sessions for psychological evaluation, and nutritional counseling – as well as participation in a support group before and after surgery. Baptist Health’s program is committed to continually helping patients improve their health and maximize long-term successful weight loss.
If you are considering surgical options for weight loss, seek out a program that supports you every step of the way with a team of dedicated doctors, counselors, physical therapists and dietitians. At Baptist Health, we have two board-certified, fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons with 18 years of combined experience. We offer the three most common types of bariatric surgery and can help you determine the best option for you. To find out more about Baptist Health’s bariatric team, visit baptistbariatrics.com or call 904.202.7546.