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Why Consider Treatment for Obesity?
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Patients who are morbidly or severely obese are at an increased risk for health problems and tend to have a shortened life span. There is also added potential risk from continued weight increase. By losing weight and achieving a healthy weight range, patients enjoy a longer life span, less medical problemsand an improved quality of life. Medical problems such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, joint pain, infertility and many others improve significantly after weight loss.
Medical Management vs. Surgical Treatment for Obesity
The decision to seek treatment for obesity is often a difficult choice as patients are unsure of which option is the right path for them. Our goal is to ease this process and provide our patients with the information necessary to make an informed choice. Both medications and surgery will help patients lose weight to varying degrees. Typically, patients will lose approximately 10-15 percent of their excess weight with medical management, whereas patients who undergo surgery see greater weight loss. Patients undergoing surgery can lose anywhere from 50-80 percent of their excess weight depending on the selected procedure.
Persons eligible for medication adjuncts for weight loss include:
- Persons who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30.
- Persons who have a BMI greater than 27 and have weight-related problems such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc.
Persons eligible for medications or bariatric surgery include:
- Persons who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40.
- Persons who have a BMI greater than 35 and have weight-related problems such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc.
- Above persons who have failed non-surgical attempts at weight loss, specifically a combined regimen of diet and exercise.