Many Americans struggle with obesity for their entire lives. Small successes are frequently met with larger setbacks. Obesity can affect your confidence, your mobility and your overall quality of life. The problems associated with obesity are also reflected medically, through increased chance of heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, joint pain and many other medical issues.
The NHRMC Bariatric Program offers surgery that improves people's lives. Bariatric surgery helps patients lose weight, regain mobility, and reduce medications.
Here are some common questions I get asked about bariatric surgery.
Q. How do I know if I'm a good candidate for bariatric surgery?
If you are 75 to 100 pounds overweight and have failed with diets and exercise, bariatric surgery might be the best option for you.
Q. Is surgery a risky option?
The risks of bariatric surgery are comparable to the risks of hernia surgery or gall bladder surgery. The risks of staying morbidly obese are far greater. If you are morbidly obese, you are much more likely to have heart problems and diabetes than someone of a normal weight.
And if you are 100 pounds overweight, you already know how obesity diminishes your quality of life. Many patients who undergo bariatric surgery regain a zest for life and rediscover a love for activities and interests they hadn't pursued in years.
Q. How do I know the surgery will be successful?
Independent studies have proven that bariatric surgery is successful. In addition, I have 15 years of data that show that my patients lose nearly 100 pounds, on average, and that they are able to maintain that weight loss for a decade or longer.
Studies have shown that patients who have bariatric surgery live years longer. Patients often reduce or eliminate medications for blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and joint pain. Some have even conceived a child for the first time.
Q. How do I get started?
Ask your primary care doctor to refer you to the NHRMC Bariatrics Program. During your assessment, we will determine whether you are a likely candidate for surgery. If you are, we will begin the necessary testing and counseling to get you started.
Q. How comprehensive is the NHRMC Bariatric Program?
We start with pre-testing to make sure you qualify for surgery. Once we verify that you are a good candidate, we help you prepare for your operation and work with you through recovery. Our comprehensive program includes periodic follow-up visits and monthly support group meetings.
Q. How much time will I need off of work?
Bariatric surgery is much less invasive than it was 20 years ago. Most patients spend one night in the hospital and then recuperate at home. Many patients return to work within one to two weeks.
Q. Will I still enjoy eating after bariatric surgery?
After surgery, you will be able to eat your favorite foods. Because your stomach has shrunk, however, you will be satisfied with much smaller quantities.
If you are interested in learning more about bariatric surgery, contact Kim Joyner at 910.667.7170.
Read Michele Morton's testimonial here.