To help you make a valid, logical and informed decision, we provide you with several resources. On our website you will find answers to many of the questions you have about weight loss surgery. We also offer seminars given by our doctors, called Bariatric Symposiums, where all the options for weight loss are thoroughly discussed. Our Bariatric Symposiums are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested.
Typically, for a person to be a candidate for surgery, all of the following criteria must be met:
There are medical conditions that are related to, or made worse by obesity. These are called co-morbidities because they are largely caused by the obesity itself and are categorized as major or life-threatening problems, and minor or more common conditions that are not as life threatening.
Major co-morbidities include the following:
Minor co-morbidities include the following:
Morbid obesity increases the risk for a shorter life expectancy especially for individuals whose body weight exceeds twice their ideal body weight. This brings with it an increased risk of diabetes or heart attack up to seven times greater than in non-obese persons. For these people, control of their obesity may be a matter of life or death.