Why should I consider having weight loss surgery if I am obese?

Paul R. Kemmeter, MD
People may be afraid of weight loss surgery, but that approach is wrong: If you do nothing, you're at significant risk for heart disease. You have to do something to control the obesity and to treat it. Learn more about what surgery means and how safe it can be. People should know that surgeries aren't what they even were five or 10 years ago. There have been such incredible advancements, including remarkably quick recoveries. People only stay in hospital for a few days -- and sometimes just 24 hours. Surgery for obesity is much, much safer now than in the past.

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Patients who are morbidly or severely obese are at increased risk for health problems and tend to have a shortened life span. There is also added potential risk from continued weight increase. The risk of severe obesity is greater than that of its surgical treatments. Persons eligible for weight loss surgery include the following:
  • Persons at least 100 pounds above ideal body weight.
  • Persons who are at least 80 pounds overweight and have
          life-threatening obesity-related problems such as diabetes,
          hypertension, sleep apnea, etc.

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Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight loss surgery procedures, including liposuction, gastric bypass, gastric botox and Lap Band surgery are viable options for those needing help with excessive weight loss. But they aren't without their risks. Weight loss surge...

ry procedures should only be performed on individuals for whom regular diet, exercise and medication didn't prove effective. Check out the answers below for more information on how weight loss surgery has advanced over time and which one might be best for you.

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