Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?
Most weight loss programs are based on diet, exercise and behavior change. For the morbidly obese individual, these methods alone most often are not enough to cause substantial weight loss and health improvement, or to help maintain weight loss that does occur. New research has shown that the body often resists weight loss efforts for underlying hormonal and metabolic reasons, with a “set point” that often keeps the individual at an overweight level despite efforts to lose weight.
Weight-loss surgery has been shown in studies to interrupt these metabolic patterns and result in reduced hunger, improved “satiety” or satisfaction with meals, and ultimately to reduce fat stores and weight. Other studies have found additional benefits for Type 2 diabetic patients, who may have reduced need for medication, and less complications from this debilitating disease. These results have caused the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the International Diabetes Foundation, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists to endorse weight-loss surgery as a treatment for Type 2 diabetics with morbid obesity.
Morbid obesity is a complex chronic disease. Weight-loss surgery should be viewed first and foremost as a method for alleviating this debilitating disease. Having surgery is a serious decision. The information provided is intended to help you become more informed, and to learn how to the start the process.
Who is Eligible?
A ratio of weight to height called Body Mass Index (BMI) is generally used to classify the degree of overweight. An individual is considered to have morbid obesity at a BMI of 40 or at 35 if health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or obstructive sleep apnea are also present. If your BMI is in this range, you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery.
Body Mass Index Tools
Surgery is Just One Step
When compared to other therapies, weight-loss surgery has proven successful with many patients for whom other methods have failed. However, it is important to remember that weight-loss surgery is only the first step in a long-term commitment to maintaining health. Nutritional counseling and exercise play an equally important part of any comprehensive weight-loss strategy.
Bridgeport Hospital offers a multidisciplinary program with coaching and support in nutrition, exercise and lifestyle change that is tailored to meet your individual needs.
If you believe you may be eligible for bariatric surgery, you can begin the process by completing our weight-loss surgery information request.
Weight Loss Surgery Seminars
Attendance at a Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, either in person or through a Webinar, is the first step in the process for weight-loss surgery. These free seminars are held monthly in various area locations and by webinar.
Call 203-789-6237 to register. Note: Winter live seminars may be converted to online webinars because of weather; call to confirm change.