Could Bariatric Surgery Be Right For You?

Weight Loss

If you have a hard time maintaining a healthy weight and can’t seem to move the scale with diet and exercise, weight loss surgery might be the answer.  But deciding to have bariatric surgery is not for people who only want to drop a few pounds.  Weight loss surgery is for the severely obese who have been unable to lose weight by other means and suffer obesity–related diseases as a result.

To be accepted into a bariatric weight loss program, a candidate must meet specific requirements. Patients must need to lose at least 100 pounds and have a body mass index, or BMI, of 40 or higher. Those with BMI between 30 and 39.9 may also be considered it they have at least one obesity-related medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease or severe sleep apnea. 

Doctors also evaluate whether a potential surgery patient has the motivation and willingness to follow the diet and exercise plan prescribed by the bariatric program.

Current bariatric surgery procedures help patients lose weight in two ways. Surgeons reduce the size of the stomach and/or reroute the small bowel to limit the calories and nutrients absorbed by the body. Patients who are considering surgery should talk to their doctor to review the surgical options since each procedure has its own benefits, disadvantages and potential complications.   

Undergoing weight loss surgery involves a lifestyle overhaul and is much more than simply having an operation.  Patients must commit to changing their habits and accept a lifetime of medical follow-up.  But research shows the benefits of bariatric surgery go well beyond weight loss and may include:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Resolved Type-2 diabetes
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Resolved venous stasis disease
  • Resolved GERD (gastrointestinal reflux)
  • Improved asthma
  • Resolved obstructive sleep apnea
  • Resolved depression
  • Resolved migraines

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital offers advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures for individuals seeking a more permanent weight loss solution. Find out more about our comprehensive services by calling Riverside Community Hospital at (951)788-3463.


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