Understanding Bariatric Surgery
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is performed to treat the medical condition known as morbid obesity. Morbid obesity is defined as a weight of more than 100 pounds over an ideal weight (based on height) and a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. Morbid obesity is often the root cause of other medical conditions or co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, and joint disease. The term “morbid obesity” comes from the probability that individuals with this medical condition will have a shortened life expectancy as a result of their associated medical issues.
Why Consider Bariatric Surgery?
Obesity affects over two-thirds of American adults. Of those people, 15% are afflicted with the chronic disease of morbid obesity (100# overweight or a BMI of 40 or greater). Morbid obesity is a much more serious condition than just being overweight, because it brings with it a myriad of serious health conditions. Morbid obesity is not simply caused by a lack of willpower, but is rather a very complex disease with a combination of causative factors such as genetics, environment and individual psychology.
In addition to the medical strain morbid obesity places on an individual, there are many social, economic, emotional and quality-of-life implications as well. After weight loss surgery, our patients report improvements in these areas of their lives, as well as significant improvements in their health.
Most individuals seeking weight loss surgery have previously tried many times to reach and maintain a healthy weight through diet, exercise and medications. Diet and exercise programs alone are not effective for lasting weight loss. In fact, weight loss is met with a slowdown in metabolism and an increase in both appetite and desire for food—making it almost impossible to maintain weight loss with diet and exercise alone. Bariatric surgery provides a tool for long-term weight loss.
“Before surgery, my life was full of doctor’s appointments, new medications, mood swings and never knowing how I was going to feel. The day of my surgery was the last day I took an injection of insulin. I am so thankful for my new lease on life and I am so excited for others to get their second chance.” -Leanne J.
Bariatric Surgery is the Only Effective Long-Term Treatment
There is a consensus among medical professionals that weight loss surgery is the only effective long-term treatment for morbid obesity. In 1991, the National Institutes of Health endorsed surgery for the treatment of morbid obesity. Since that time, the American Heart Association, the International Diabetes Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association have issued statements affirming the effectiveness of bariatric surgery. In addition, in 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published two studies attesting to the effectiveness of bariatric surgery in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, finding it more effective than treatment with medication.
Barix Clinics Offers Weight Loss Surgery Options
Barix Clinics offers weight loss surgery options with a proven track record of helping patients lose weight and keep it off. These weight loss surgery procedures include:
- Gastric bypass (also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass)
- Adjustable gastric band (also known as lap band, LAP-BAND® and Realize® Band)
- Gastric sleeve surgery (also known as sleeve gastrectomy)
Laparoscopic Surgery or Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery, or minimally invasive surgery, was first used in the 1990’s. Instead of one larger incision, several smaller incisions are used for surgery. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery are lower complication rates, less discomfort and a much shorter recovery period.
Barix Clinics—The Nation’s Leader in Weight Loss Surgery
Barix Clinics is the nation’s leading program offering surgically-based solutions to help you enjoy a whole new healthy life, free of your excess weight. If you are ready to get more information about weight loss surgery, call us today at 800-282-0066 or complete and submit the form at the top of the page. One of our patient service representatives will be happy to provide you with additional information or to schedule a consultation with one of our highly-skilled bariatric surgeons. Find out if weight loss surgery is right for you.