Surgical Treatment for Severe Obesity [return
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Over 30% of the adult American population are overweight. It is
estimated that over 30 billion dollars per year is spent pursuing
diet related practices, but, unfortunately, research studies find
that these diet efforts fail greater than 80% of the time. Considering
25 billion medical dollars are spent with obesity related diseases,
such as hepertentson, heart disease, sleep apnea, diabetes and arthritis,
obesity is a serious medical issue.
If you are obese, have failed diet regimens and wish to lose weight
to improve your medical status and self-image, there are a number
of medical and surgical options. Understand, one needs to lose only
5% of one's excess body weight to resolve greater than 80% of obesity
related medial conditions. The first step in assisted weight loss
is physician-monitored dieting, offered by your family doctor. If
this is unsuccessful, a number of diet medications are available.
These include appetite suppressors and fat absorption blockers.
These again need physician monitoring and guidance.
Finally, if these strategies fail, and you are morbidly obese (defined
as 100 pounds or 100% over your ideal body weight) surgical options
such as gastric bypass are available. This
is a proven successful treatment and is endorsed by the National
Institute of Health. The procedure consists of stapling your stomach,
thus allowing earlier saiety (feeling full faster). Literature reports
approximately 70% loss of excess body weight one year after the
operation. The risks of the surgery are low.
This treatment option is a serious decision and commitment between
you and your surgeon and is reserved for those who are "morbidly
obese," have failed diet regimens and exhibit obesity related
With careful pre-operative counseling and post-operative monitoring,
gastric bypass can successfully treat morbid