Bariatric surgery is performed to help patients overcome morbid obesity, a potentially life threatening disease. According the Centers for Disease Control, the number of Americans affected by this disease is on the rise. Patients who suffer from obesity are at a higher risk of developing more serious health conditions. Patients experience a number of benefits with weight loss surgery, as it is instrumental in overcoming chronic conditions associated with obesity.
After performing thousands of surgeries, the Center for Weight Management knows that the journey’s outcome depends on far more than a successful surgery. Our expert team of board-certified surgeons specialize in a variety of weight loss procedures to fit the individual needs of our patients.
Types of Weight Loss Surgery
Our approach to treating morbid obesity is not a “quick fix,” but rather a long-term commitment to emotional and psychological help. For our patients who have committed to changing their lives, we provide a comprehensive program of pre- and post-operative education, therapy, nutrition counseling and lifelong follow-up support.
If you are considering this life-altering surgery, know that we are committed to helping you from the beginning and throughout your journey. We’re looking for the weight-loss victory that comes with time, new choices and the support of others. If you are searching for a weight loss solution in Northeast Georgia, we invite you to contact us and learn more about our approach in helping individuals reach their weight loss goals.
Is surgery right for me?
If you are morbidly obese and have struggled many years to lose weight, or have lost weight in the past only to have it come back over and over, then you are not alone. And bariatric surgery may be your answer. Upwards of 95% of people who are more than 100 pounds overweight and have been morbidly obese for more than five years fail at losing weight and keeping it off for five years. Simply put, diets, exercise, medication, and therapy have proven ineffective in achieving long-term weight loss for the morbidly obese patient.
Why choose surgery?
After a comprehensive 10-year study, the National Institute of Health (NIH) determined that, for the morbidly obese individual, the most effective method of weight reduction and weight maintenance was surgery.
There are a lot of benefits from achieving successful control of the weight problem after weight loss surgery. We use the word control, not the word cure, because morbid obesity is a lifelong disease, and is present even when the extra pounds are no longer there and the co-morbid diseases are in remission.
Actually, remission, prevention or at least improvement in co-morbid disease is the most important reason for choosing weight loss surgery because diets and exercise alone seldom work. Depending on the type of weight loss surgery chosen and the individual’s background, the remission rate of type II diabetes is between 70 and 85%, hypertension 65% remission and another 15% improved, sleep apnea 85 to 95% remission, risk of cancer is cut in half, not to mention the many other health benefits.
Symptoms of arthritis are much less severe after weight loss surgery. Activities of daily living become a lot easier when you are not carrying the weight of an extra person around all of the time. It is so much easier to walk up stairs, get in and out of a car and fit into a seat on an airplane when you are closer to a normal size. And this is not to mention the improvement in self esteem after one finally gains control after so many failures.
Although people worry about the risks of surgery, and they do exist, several research reports consistently show that for morbidly obese people, the overall risks of dying within five years are nearly 10 times higher for those who choose not to have weight loss surgery.
The Longstreet Clinic Center for Weight Management is pleased to offer additional procedures that are effective for weight loss but are non-surgical. Learn more about the ORBERA Balloon System and the Oblalon Balloon System.