When patients think about obesity, they may have different ideas about what it actually is. Clinically severe obesity is a serious medical condition that demands a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach for treatment. Morbid obesity is often accompanied by high blood pressure, diabetes, degenerative arthritis, increased cancer risk and heart attacks. The death rate of severely obese people in every age group is about ten times higher. For patients living with obesity, their quality of life is threatened by things that are taken for granted, such as moving about easily or comfortably. Many times, obesity can also impact a patient’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
In 1991 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) assembled physicians, nutritionists, and other health care professionals and made recommendations regarding bariatric treatment for obesity. Bariatric is another word to describe obesity. From this gathering, the NIH now recommends that weight reduction should always be recommended for patients with severe obesity. If nutrition therapy, exercise, and behavior modification cannot successfully reduce weight in a person suffering from obesity, bariatric surgical procedures such as the gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding should be seriously considered. For many years these procedures required an incision from the breast bone to the groin (the open method) which is a risk for major complications.
At the USA Center for Weight Loss Surgery, we prefer to treat obesity using the laparoscopic method, which requires several one-inch incisions in the abdomen. It has been approved as an alternative method to perform these surgical procedures. All bariatric operations are regularly performed laparoscopically at the USA Center for Weight Loss Surgery.
It is important for anyone considering bariatric surgery to understand the many medical, psychological, behavioral and financial aspects. For your recovery to be successful, you will need to make some lifelong changes to conquer obesity. Some of the changes may seem difficult, but the result can be permanent weight reduction and overall improved health.
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