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Sep 17 2013
Is Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery for You?

How does one come to the decision to have bariatric weight loss surgery?  I’ve heard the same stories time and time again from individuals who have struggled with obesity their entire lives.  Some of these people have attempted other diet programs including Weight Watcher’s and South Beach; many have even lost a substantial amount of weight on their own.  Unfortunately, the weight loss may not be maintained, and more often than not, individuals end up gaining more weight back than they had before.  This is when many look to the option of weight loss surgery.  These surgeries offer a “tool” to maintaining weight loss as well as improvement or resolution of other obesity related issues such as diabetes, sleep apnea, and hypertension. 

The most common surgery we perform at St. Joseph’s Hospital is the laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass. We also offer the Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve procedure. The criteria utilized for weight loss surgeries (aligned with the National Institute of Health’s criteria) include a Body Max Index (BMI) of 40 or greater; or a BMI of 35 with at least two other obesity related illnesses.  These can include hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea. For more information on these surgeries and the criteria, you can visit Dr. Graber’s website.

When choosing to make the life altering decision of having bariatric surgery, a patient is taking the first step to a healthier life.  However, these surgeries do not result in a “quick fix” for weight loss.  It results in a complete change of life.  Individuals still have to make healthy food choices and participate in a fitness routine.  Research also shows that maintaining a close relationship with one’s surgeon, as well as having some type of support system available are important keys to success. 

If you are contemplating weight loss surgery and what more about information I encourage you to attend one of Dr. Graber’s monthly seminars (information for this is offered on his website).  We also offer bimonthly support groups. The support group is a great place to learn about life after surgery.  It allows for opportunity to listen to the stories of patients who have had surgery as well as ask questions to someone who knows firsthand what it is all about.







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