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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Weight Loss Surgery (Definition)

Surgical procedures for obesity may be appropriate for some dangerously obese people, and they may reduce heart problems and many of the risks associated with obesity. These risks include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and diabetes. In fact, surgery provides much greater control of weight and diabetes than nonsurgical weight-loss methods. Studies are reporting significant reductions in diabetes, and the need for diabetic medications, after surgery. Other medical conditions that often improve after surgery include heartburn, arthritis, and other joint and circulation problems. The care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, before and after surgery, requires specialized expertise and facilities. Studies have shown that the likelihood of complications is significantly associated with the experience of the surgeon and staff. Bariatric surgeries produce weight loss through one of two approaches: * Restrictive Banding Procedures. These procedures restrict the amount of food by closing off parts of the stomach with bands. * Malabsorptive Bypass Procedures. This approach restricts the amount of food and also reduces absorption by using a bypass of parts of the intestine. The malabsorptive procedures are more successful in achieving weight loss than the banding approach, but they carry a greater ...Read more


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Hi im 19 years old guy and my BMI is 39.3 and im around 5'11/6'0 feet tall can i be considered to go under bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve)?

You're on the border: In order to get bariatric surgery you have to have the following: 1. BMI greater than 40 (you are right on the cusp) 2. A BMI of 35 and two obesity related illnesses such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, arthritis, pulmonary hypertension (in some cases) etc I hope that helps :) ...Read more

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What to do if I have a BMI of 39.3, will i be considered for gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass: You need a bmi of 40 or higher if you have no comorbidities (medical problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, etc). If you do have comorbidities, your bmi must be 35 or higher. These are the requirements for all insurance companies. In any case, at a bmi of 39.3, you are within a few pounds of a bmi of 40. ...Read more

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I wanna get gastric bypass surgery but I'm to afraid to go to my doctors office and talk to him about it. I'm 18 years old 5'5 and weigh 240 BMI 40?

Talk to PCP: Talk to your PCP about your concerns. Do not request anything specific, don't say " I want gastric bypass" but discuss your concerns. You probably qualify for a procedure. Typically either BMI equal or greater than 40 alone, or BMI > 35 plus other medical risk factors like BM, hypertension, elevated cholesterol qualify pt for a procedure. Plus you are 18 y/o and are an adult. ...Read more

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My BMI is 37. Do you recommend liposuction or weight loss surgery?

My BMI is 37.  Do you recommend liposuction or weight loss surgery?

Weight loss first: Weight loss - either via the traditional methods or gastric surgery - would be first. Liposuction would not be an effective or safe way to lose weight - it's really only for contouring diet-resistant areas. ...Read more

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How can I obtain bariatric surgery?

Find a surgeon.: Find an experienced Bariatric surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation. Www.obesityhelp.com may help. ...Read more

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What will happen after bariatric surgery?

You'll lose weight.: Hopefully. You'll follow a prudent weight loss diet and exercise regimen. You'll supplement vitamins. You'll consult regularly with a Dietitian. You'll get blood tests to make sure you're nutritionally optimized. ...Read more

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How can you feel about bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery : How do I feel? It can be a life saving, life altering operation. It can improve or even cure you of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, chf, etc. And as a result make you live longer. How will you feel? You have to be ready and committed to make a complete lifestyle change. Eat healthy food ; exercise. It's not easy. It takes work, but you will feel great. ...Read more

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Is it true that bariatric surgery is dangerous?

Is it true that bariatric surgery is dangerous?

It's surgery.: Any operation has risks, which is why more conservative efforts at weight loss must be failed before weight loss surgery is entertained. That being said, in the hands of an experienced surgeon weight loss surgery is minimally risky. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Foreman
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Bariatrics (Definition)

Bariatrics is the field of medicine dedicated to the study and management of obesity. Medical and surgical weight loss, treatment options, clinical research in obesity, and the general medical care of hospital patients who are severely overweight are all covered in this field. Almost a third of american patients suffer from obesity defined as a body mass index ...Read more


Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
543 doctors shared insights

Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more