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Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
Obesity is a chronic disease, meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time. An estimated 5-10 million Americans are considered morbidly obese. Obesity becomes “morbid” when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions or serious diseases (also known as co-morbidities) that can result either in significant physical disability or even death.
There are many reasons a person can become obese. The exact causes may be difficult to pinpoint. Many factors can contribute, including genetic, environmental, metabolic disorders, and of course lifestyle habits. The important thing is: how you got here doesn’t really matter – it’s what you do next that’s important.
The sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery only on the stomach and does not involve any surgery on the intestine
A balloon is inserted into the stomach and then filled with liquid. (Information purposes only as the balloon has not been shown to be adequately effective.)
The goal of these operations is to modify the stomach and intestines to treat obesity and related diseases. The operations may make the stomach smaller and also bypass a portion of the intestine.
Obesity affects your life and lifestyle.
At times, it may seem that everyone has an opinion about your weight. You probably already know however: obesity isn’t good for you. And you know better than anyone how excessive weight affects your life – how you look, how you feel, and the things you can or can’t do. What you might not realize is that obesity can also affect how long you live. Obesity increases your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions. Studies show significant weight loss may improve, or even resolve, these conditions.
When diet and exercise aren’t enough – Surgery is an option.
You’ve probably tried to lose weight before, but gained it all back – only to try again. You should know that you are not alone. Studies have shown that while people on traditional diet and exercise programs can lose weight, most gain it all back within months. Surgery is a safe and effective alternative to those that have been unable to lose weight with more conservative measures. If you have been losing the battle with obesity, it may be time to consider bariatric surgery. To help you make a decision, talk to a qualified bariatric physician and surgeon.
CENTER of DISTINCTION for BARIATRIC SURGERY
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
Dr George Woodman and his team are proud to achieve the recognition as an Accredited Surgeon and an Accredited Center for bariatric surgery and a Center of Excellence in bariatric surgery.