Bariatric surgery combats obesity

Bariatric surgery combats obesity

Obesity is recognized as a global health crisis, especially in San Antonio where 65 percent of adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

For an individual to be a candidate for bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), they must fall in to one of two categories. If they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater, about 100 pounds or more above the ideal body weight, they qualify for surgery. If their BMI is between 35-40 then they must have one of three major comorbidities: type 2 diabetes, hypertension or obstructive sleep apnea. If one of these major obesity related health conditions is not present then two or more obesity-related health conditions, such as heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux), hyperlipidemia, stress urinary incontinence, gallstone disease and frequent urinary tract infections.

Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve or resolve many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and heart disease. There is also the possibility that you may be able to reduce some of the medications you are taking to treat obesity-related conditions. Other benefits include rapid weight loss immediately following the procedure, improved health, mood and quality of life. After weight loss procedures, many people report increased energy to do more physical activity.

For the past six years the UT Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery has been offering solutions to help combat obesity. The most commonly performed procedures are the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding. Our team of surgeons also offer revision weight loss surgery and will discuss this with patients on an individual basis. All procedures can be performed laparoscopically with very low rates of complications.

For more information about our fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons, and whether or not you would be a candidate for surgery at the UT Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, contact 210-438-8446 or visit our website at UTWeightLoss.com.

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