Lose Weight, Gain a Healthier Life
Obesity, which refers to excessive body fat, can cause many health problems and put you at a higher risk for diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea and other respiratory problems and some forms of cancer including breast and colon. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity affects one in three adults in the United States.
Fortunately, weight-loss surgery at Doctors Hospital of Laredo, combined with lifestyle changes, can help those struggling with obesity get the long-term weight loss they need and lead a longer and healthier life.
Weight Loss and Wellness Center Support Group
The Bariatric Support Group at Doctors Hospital of Laredo is sponsored by the hospital and is open to anyone who has had bariatric surgery or is considering one of the surgeries as a weight loss tool. Classes are held monthly on a different topic each month.
Weight-loss surgery helps people lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach or bypassing part of the patient's intestines. After surgery, patients eat less food to feel full and satisfied.
Weight-loss surgery is more than the procedure itself however. To be successful, patients must be committed to making major lifestyle changes such as:
- Restricting the amount and types of food they eat
- Sticking with a regular exercise program
- Taking vitamin and mineral supplement
Typically, weight-loss surgery patients lose 30 to 90 percent of their excess weight in the first year after surgery (depending on the type of procedure and adoption of new lifestyle changes). In addition to weight-loss, many patients no longer need medication for diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, sleep apnea or back pain.
Risks and Side Effects
Before deciding on weight-loss surgery, it's important to do your own research. Talk with your doctor and other bariatric surgery patients. Successful weight-loss surgery requires lifelong changes in eating and exercise habits. Complications from either the surgery or postoperative behavior can be dangerous. No matter what form of procedure you have, you will have a radically reduced stomach and a reduced capacity to absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Are You a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?
Weight-loss surgery may be right for you if:
- You are 18 years of age and older
- You are at least 80 pounds overweight, depending on other health conditions.
- Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 30.
- You have tried other weight-loss methods without success.
- You are medically stable and physically able to withstand surgery.
- You pass a psychological screening test that helps ensure you are able to comply with post-surgical behavior modifications.
- You complete all required pre-operative testing.
Contact Doctors Hospital Weight-Loss and Wellness Center at 956-693-5025 or via email with your height, weight and any comorbidities for more information.
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.