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Bariatric Surgery

For 97 million Americans – more than one third of the adult population – being overweight or obese is a problem they face every day. But for 5 to 10 million people, the problem is much more serious. For these individuals, who are considered morbidly obese, their weight is a serious impediment to their health, their activities and literally every aspect of their lives.

Morbid obesity is a disease that correlates with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or being 100 pounds overweight, as calculated by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Many people who are morbidly obese have tried every fad diet on the market, they’ve tried dieting with the help of a weight management program, and some have even lost weight over their lifetime, but have gained it back and more over time. For these individuals, bariatric surgery offers an alternative that may help them regain a quality of health and life they have not experienced in many years.

While cosmetic changes are no doubt a motivating factor, the decision to have bariatric surgery is one that involves much more than just the desire to be thinner. It involves working closely with Surgical Associates’ team of health care professionals to determine whether you are a good candidate for the surgery and takes a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes focused on nutrition, exercise and healthy living.

The Surgical Associates Approach

We at Surgical Associates feel bariatric surgery does not stand alone such as an appendectomy, hernia repair or removal of the gallbladder. Our patients are provided with a National Institutes of Health-designed bariatric team that provides state-of-the art disease management, including:

– Professional staff fully trained in  bariatric medicine, including ASMBS-member  surgeons
– Dignified, supportive hospital care
– Internal medicine or specialty consultations as required
– Psychological evaluation and/or support
– Nutritional and exercise guidance
– Anesthesia professionals trained and accomplished in bariatric surgery
– Lifelong follow-up program and support group system