Weight Loss Surgery at Middlesex Hospital
Morbid Obesity is a serious, chronic disease that affects over 25% of American adults and 14% of American children. Every day, more than 1,000 people in the United States will die from obesity and its related health conditions. People who are obese also run a greatly increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and respiratory illnesses. The best way to lose weight is with exercise and eating right. For some obese patients who have found the best approaches have failed, weight loss surgery can be an appropriate weight loss treatment option.
What is Morbid Obesity
Morbid Obesity is more than just being overweight. Simply put, morbid obesity means being anywhere from 80-100+ pounds overweight. At such weights, your health is put in jeopardy. Health problems related or attributed to morbid obesity include: respiratory dysfunction, asthma, sleep apnea, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, urinary stress incontinence and an increase in risk of cancer: colon, prostate, ovarian, and breast cancer.
Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?
For patients who remain severely obese after non-surgical approaches to weight loss have failed, or for patients who have an obesity-related disease, weight loss surgery options such as gastric bypass surgery may be the best next step. But for other patients, greater efforts toward weight control, such as changes in eating habits, behavior modification, and increasing physical activity, may be more appropriate. Answers to the following questions may help in your decision to undergo surgery for weight loss.
- unlikely to lose weight successfully with (further) non-surgical measures?
- well-informed about the surgical procedure and the effects of treatment?
- determined to lose weight and improve your health?
- aware of how your life may change after the operation (adjustment to the side effects of the surgery, including need to chew well and inability to eat large meals)?
- aware of the potential for serious complications, the associated dietary restrictions, and the occasional failures?
- committed to lifelong medical follow up?
- have a BMI of 40 or more (approximately 80 lbs overweight)? BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a number that shows body weight adjusted for height. Find more information on the Body Mass Index (BMI).
- have an obesity-related physical problem (such as body size that interferes with employment, walking, or family function)?
- have high-risk obesity-related health problems (such as severe sleep apnea or obesity-related heart disease)?
- have a BMI between 35- 39.9, with diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or debilitating arthritis?
Remember: There are no guarantees for any method, including weight loss surgery, to produce and maintain weight loss. Success is possible only with your fullest cooperation and commitment to behavioral change and medical follow–up—and this cooperation and commitment should be carried out for the rest of your life.
The Decision for Weight Loss Surgery
The decision to have a weight loss surgery should be made carefully. It should be made only with:
- a full understanding of the risks and benefits of the procedure
- the knowledge and willingness to accept the dietary changes imposed by the procedure
- the understanding that regular exercise is essential for any weight loss program,
- a willingness to commit to life-long follow-up appointment with your surgeon.
It is strongly recommended that you speak with others who have had a similar weight loss surgery procedure and that you research the issues on your own prior to your initial appointment. You can also check the Center for Weight Loss Surgery for additional information on gastric bypass surgery and other bariatric surgery options.