By W. Alan Bradshaw, MD
While anyone can lose weight using conservative measures, only 5 percent of people can keep the weight off after it’s lost. Therefore, virtually 95 percent of people who suffer from severe obesity would benefit from bariatric surgery.
Why losing the weight is important
Severe obesity can contribute to the following health problems:
- Sleep apnea
- Heart disease
- Acid reflux
- Liver disease
- Urinary incontinence
- Increased risk for stroke and many cancers
Fortunately, many of these diseases can be avoided, improved or even cured with significant weight loss.
What makes bariatric surgery a good option?
The National Institute of Health recognizes bariatric surgery as the only effective treatment to correct severe obesity and maintain weight loss long term. In fact, studies have shown that 90 percent of surgical weight-loss patients are able to maintain weight loss of 50 percent or more of their excess weight, with long-term success, after undergoing bariatric surgery.
Mission Weight Management offers both of the most common types of bariatric surgery: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Both of these operations has its own advantages and disadvantages, and these should be discussed between you and your physician, along with other elements of your health history.
What are the keys to success?
While both types of bariatric surgery procedures have great success rates when it comes to keeping the weight off, they should be viewed as only one tool to help you achieve successful weight loss.
The operation represents one-third of your success, diet another one-third, and exercise the final one-third of your formula to weight-loss success.
W. Alan Bradshaw, MD, FACS, is a bariatric surgeon with Mission Weight Management.