What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, refers to the various surgical procedures performed to treat obesity by modification of the gastrointestinal tract to reduce nutrient intake and/or absorption. The term does not include procedures for surgical removal of body fat such as liposuction or abdominoplasty.
For individuals who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet modification and exercise programs alone, bariatric surgery may help to attain a more healthy body weight. There are a number of surgical options available to treat obesity, each with their advantages and pitfalls. In general, bariatric surgery is successful in producing (often substantial) weight loss, though one must consider operative risk (including mortality) and side effects before making the decision to pursue this treatment option. Usually, these procedures can be carried out safely. (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
Patient Benefits of Bariatric Surgery:
We have two very skilled and well known weight loss surgeons in our practice that work with the most up to date bariatric procedures. Our surgeons meet with every patient to help them decide if they should consider surgery and what procedure is the best for them. This decision depends on whether you are overweight, obese or morbidly obese. Our bariatric surgery specialists determine which of these categories you fall into based on your Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI is calculated from both your weight and height. We work very closely with the JFK Bariatric Surgical Center which is located next door to our main office.