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Is Bariatric Surgery for You?

If you're very overweight and can't lose pounds with a healthy diet and exercise, weight loss surgery might be an option for you. The surgery is usually for those with a body mass index (BMI) above 40 or those with a BMI of 35 or greater with serious co-morbidities. In general, this means men who are more than 100 pounds overweight and women who are more than 80 pounds overweight. To determine your BMI, use our BMI calculator. If you are somewhat less overweight, surgery still might be an option if you suffer from life-threatening pulmonary problems like diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea. 

Most people who have any type of weight loss surgery lose at least 50 percent to 60 percent of excess weight in the first 18 to 24 months after the procedure. Plus, many of the patients’ obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes or sleep apnea, improved after the surgery. Bariatric surgery also can provide long-term, consistent weight loss when accompanied with a few lifestyle changes.

As with any surgery, there are possible risks with weight loss surgery. A common risk of restrictive operations is vomiting when food is not chewed well and stretches the stomach size. Gastric bypass surgeries may cause “dumping syndrome,” whereby stomach contents move too quickly through the small intestine producing symptoms like nausea, weakness, sweating or diarrhea. There is often the potential for small, treatable complications such as abdominal hernias, gallstones and nutritional deficiencies after weight loss surgery. 
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Schedule time to talk with your primary care physician or surgeon about the procedure.

If you’re interested in finding out more about bariatric surgery at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center or would like to schedule a free informational seminar, call 770-956-STAR (7827).