Did you know that around 97 million Americans are considered obese and morbidly obese? Obesity occurs when the body accumulates fat that is disproportionate to healthy standards. Being obese can lead to major health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. With obesity being on the top of the nation’s health watch, hospitals across the country are offering ways to help people lose weight and become healthier. The Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth‘s bariatric center offers weight loss surgery to assist in improving people’s overall health.
Who should consider weight loss surgery?
Weight loss surgery is typically reserved for those who fall into the obese or morbidly obese category. These are usually people who weigh 100 pounds or more above their average expected weight for age and height, or someone with a body mass index of 40 or higher. It’s very important that you consult your physician when making this determination.
What are the options for weight loss surgery?
With all of the different procedures available, you may be wondering which one is right for you.
- Laparoscopic Gastric Banding: This is one of the safest and least intrusive procedures available. A plastic band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pocket and large pocket. As food is being regulated through digestion, the patient feels fuller much faster. The food is then processed normally through out the digestive system.
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery: This procedure, although more complicated than the gastric band, is one of the most frequently performed weight loss procedures in the country. A portion of your stomach is stapled to create a smaller pouch, so food is bypassed directly into your digestive track, allowing few calories to be absorbed by your body.
Remember that choosing a weight loss surgery option is a serious decision to make. If you have questions, attend one of our free information seminars. To learn more about what the bariatric center at Plaza Medical Center can do for you, visit our bariatric center online. You can also call us anytime at 817-877-5292.
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