In the past 20 years, obesity has doubled to the point at which three in
five Americans are either overweight or obese. This has led to over 300,000
premature deaths per year, a number which is on the rise. Obesity has
widespread medical, psychosocial and economic impacts.
Unfortunately, the response to medical treatment options (including diet,
exercise, behavior modification and medication) are poor. Most people
regain nearly 67 percent of weight lost within a year, and regardless
of the medical intervention 90-95 percent of weight loss is regained in
five years. Surgery is the only proven modification for long-term sustained
weight loss and resolution of conditions such as diabetes, high blood
pressure, sleep apnea, reflux and back/joint pain.
Are you a candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
Only you and your doctor can decide whether bariatric surgery is right
for you. This is a life-changing decision requiring serious consideration
and a thorough medical evaluation.
If you are thinking about weight loss surgery, here are some basic guidelines
to help determine whether surgery is an option for you. It is important
to know your BMI (body mass index). Your doctor can help you to determine
what yours is.
To be considered for weight loss surgery, start here:
- BMI between 35 and 40
- Co-morbid conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension
- Failed conservative weight reduction alternatives.
- Over the age of 17.
Please remember, these are only general guidelines and you can call to
Pampa Medical Group 806-665-0801
Working with our team gives you a great advantage in your weight loss journey.
Our physicians and clinicians will help guide you through the entire weight
loss surgery process- from completing forms to creating your personalized plan.
What is a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
This operation achieves weight loss by restricting the amount of food the
stomach can hold. No intestinal bypassing is done. A staple line divides
the stomach and a “sleeve” of stomach is left that reduces
the stomach to less than one-third of its original size (about the size
of a banana).
The other two-thirds of the stomach is removed. The data at three years
indicates that 65-75 percent of excess body weight is lost. Resolution
of conditions is relative to the amount of weight lost.
Greater than 70 percent of insurance companies currently covers bariatric
operations because they are beginning to recognize obesity’s association
with conditions such as those mentioned above and when patients undergo
these operations, they are significantly improving their health. For example,
52 percent of patients undergoing sleeve gastrectomy are cured of their diabetes.
If you would like to inquire about bariatric services at Pampa Medical
Group, please call: 806-665-0801.