Surgical Weight Loss – FAQ
Despite concentrated efforts to exercise more and eat healthier, many men and women struggle to lose weight. For these patients, surgical weight loss can help to control weight gain and promote healthy weight loss. Riverside Community Hospital offers three bariatric surgical procedures and comprehensive support services to help our patients live longer, healthier lives. If you are considering surgical weight loss, read on to learn more from some frequently asked questions.
Am I a good candidate for surgical weight loss?
Although bariatric surgery can be a very effective treatment option for many obese patients, it is not right for everyone. A good candidate for weight loss surgery will have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, which translates to approximately 100 pounds or more of excess weight. Patients who have a BMI of 30 to 39.9 may also be considered if they suffer from chronic health conditions, such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?
Surgical weight loss can provide patients with many health benefits. In addition to facilitating continued weight loss, these procedures may help to resolve many obesity-related health conditions. In fact, many patients experience improvements in sleep, venous stasis disease, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and many other conditions. In some cases, weight loss can even lead to the resolution of type-II diabetes mellitus.
How will my life change after surgery?
Weight loss surgery is only the first step to healthy, long-term weight loss. Each patient must commit to making the necessary changes in lifestyle to support their weight loss efforts. These changes typically involve a modified, nutrient-rich diet, increased physical activity, and vitamin supplementation.
At Riverside Community Hospital, we offer our patients the surgical and support services that they need to have a successful weight loss surgery experience. For more information about our comprehensive weight loss services, contact our hospital today at (951) 788-3000. Our nurses can help you to schedule a consultation with one of our weight loss specialists.