Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

Why?

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 learn more.
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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.

Insurance Requirements

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.