It is an established fact that excess fat tissue has a negative impact on general health. An obese person has a much higher risk of dying prematurely than a person of normal weight. According to a recent study, obesity is associated with one in every five deaths in the U.S.
Obesity is a complex disease that is best treated with a comprehensive approach, including dietary improvements, physical activity, and lifestyle changes. Weight loss medications may be appropriate for certain patients. For many obese people, however, the best treatment options may be bariatric surgery in combination with a healthy diet, exercise, and long-term lifestyle changes.
So, how do you know if weight loss surgery is right for you? The best way to find out is to consult with a knowledgeable physician or bariatric surgeon. Vadim Gritsus, M.D. is an experienced general surgeon in New Jersey and a recognized leader in the field of laparoscopic surgery and bariatrics. If you are considering surgical treatment for obesity, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gritsus.
When Is Weight Loss Surgery a Good Option?
Obesity is a major risk factor for a number of life-threatening diseases, including:
- Heart Disease
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The good news is that significant weight loss can reduce or eliminate the risk of death. Within a matter of months after bariatric surgery, many patients are able to discontinue their medications for these serious conditions.
If you have tried other weight loss methods and they have not worked for you, weight loss surgery may be recommended if:
- You are more than 100 lbs overweight
- Your BMI is 40 or higher
- You have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 and also have a serious weight-related health condition
- You are committed to making lifestyle changes in combination with the surgery
Bariatric surgery is not a guarantee that you will lose all your excess fat, or that you will keep it off long-term. Success after the surgery depends on your commitment to changing your exercise and eating habits and maintaining those changes.
|BMI Range||Official Designation|
|18.5 – 24.9||Ideal weight|
|25 – 29.9||Overweight|
|30 – 34.9||Obese|
|35 – 39.9||Severely Obese|
|40 – 49.9||Morbidly Obese|