There are millions of individuals suffering from the chronic disease of morbid obesity. This disease impacts every system in the body and can lead to devastating medical problems, social isolation, emotional struggles and decreased life expectancy.

People who choose to undergo bariatric surgery lose substantial amounts of weight. Weight loss after bariatric surgery can range from 50 to 200 pounds or more, and can be kept off for good. After weight loss surgery, health and wellbeing improves because the medical stress caused by excess weight is reduced. Some of the most noteworthy medical improvements after weight loss surgery include:

  • Type II Diabetes – 85% resolved after Gastric Bypass, 95% after Duodenal Switch
  • GERD – 95% resolved after Gastric Bypass
  • High Blood pressure – 60% resolved
  • Cancer mortality – risk reduced by about 60%

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Additional improvements after bariatric surgery include, but are not limited to:

  • Improved breathing
  • Ability to maintain normal personal hygiene
  • Increased energy
  • Improved sleep routine
  • Improved confidence
  • Ability to cross legs
  • Ability to travel (mobility, airline seats)

Weight loss surgeons, and the medical community, agree that bariatric surgery is a medically appropriate intervention for the vast majority of patients who meet the criteria for bariatric surgery. For most people in this category, the risk of surgery is much lower than the health risks associated with morbid obesity. The medical criteria to qualify for bariatric surgery are:

  1. Body Mass Index (BMI) > 40 OR
  2. BMI > 35, with at least one medical problem that is worsened by excessive weight. Some examples of medical conditions that are understood to be caused or worsened by excessive weight include:
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