Is Surgery Right for You?
Bariatric surgery is often a life-changing event. Not only does it usually result in dramatic weight loss but it also requires significant changes in your eating habits, exercise regimen and more. For these reasons, it is a decision that should be carefully considered and discussed with your primary care physician. We also require new patients to consult with our specialists to ensure they're good candidates for surgery.
Typically, bariatric surgery is reserved for people with BMIs of 30 or greater, or those who have BMIs as low as 30 with at least one significant high-risk medical condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis or sleep apnea (a disorder with repeated pauses in breathing during sleep).
Patients who undergo bariatric surgery generally see a number of health benefits, including:
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced strain on the joints, which can improve osteoarthritis
- Prevention or alleviation of depression
- Decreased risk of insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes
- Prevention or alleviation of sleep apnea
- Improvement of acid reflux
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Greater fertility
The best way to learn more about the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery is to attend one of our FREE informational seminars. Call VIP-RHC-THIC (847-742-8446).