Alongside our nation's appetite for fast food and sedentary lifestyles is a growing epidemic affecting millions of Americans: obesity. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one third of today's adult population is obese, increasing their risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and other chronic illnesses while also diminishing their quality of life.
Nothing replaces diet and exercise as the key to losing weight. But that's not always enough for individuals with severe obesity - those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above or a BMI of 35 with co-existing medical problems.
If you're struggling with obesity and unable to achieve a healthy weight level through traditional means, you may find help through bariatric weight loss surgery.
Click here to read a story about a woman who lost 105 pounds after bariatric weight loss surgery at Chilton!
Among our many clinical specialties, Chilton Medical Center is designated as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. That standing recognizes our experience and expertise in weight loss procedures. Chilton's team of surgeons has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries utilizing the latest, minimally invasive techniques, including:
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RGB): The most common procedure for severe obesity, this malabsorptive method involves creating a small stomach pouch to limit food consumption. Then a segment of the small intestine is attached to the new stomach so food bypasses portions of the digestive tract that absorb more calories and nutrients.
- Gastric Banding: During this restrictive procedure, a hollow, adjustable band is placed around the upper stomach to create a small pouch and narrow passage into the lower portion of the stomach. This method restricts food intake without interfering with absorption.
Bariatric weight loss surgery enables most patients to lose 100 pounds or more within 18 to 24 months of their surgery. However, the procedures are only successful when combined with a lifetime commitment to healthy eating and regular physical exercise. Those interested must thoroughly understand all of the issues associated with severe obesity as well as the benefits and risks of surgery.
Want to learn more? Chilton Medical Center will provide all the information you need to determine if weight loss surgery is right for you. Start by exploring our web site and then join us for a free bariatric surgery seminar. Call 1-888-CHILTON to register for an upcoming program or for referral to a Chilton bariatric surgeon.
Source: NIDDK: Gastrointestinal Surgery for Severe Obesity