Munroe Bariatrics Services
Bariatric surgery is serious business.
Obesity is one of America's most serious epidemics. Over two-thirds of U.S. citizens are overweight; a frightening statistic that continues to increase.
Of even greater concern, over 23 million Americans are morbidly obese, which means that they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40, exceeding their ideal body weight by at least 100 pounds. One-third of these, a population equal to that of North Carolina, attain BMI's greater than 40, a level often considered superobese. Those afflicted by these severe forms of obesity are not only burdened by their bulk, they are also confronted with life-threatening co-morbidities including diabetes, hypertension and severe pulmonary compromise.
Many options for weight loss surgery, but get the facts.
Bariatric surgery, supported by diet and exercise, is the only effective therapy for morbid obesity and its complications. Bariatric surgery is a complex and challenging undertaking, and there are a variety of weight loss surgical procedures now available. While the health rewards of weight loss surgery can be incredible, all surgical options and procedures are not the same. Further, there is a direct correllation between the experience of the bariatric surgeon and the success of weight loss surgery.
When your Bariatric surgery isn't working.
For some patients, bariatric surgery doesn't always deliver the expected weight loss benefits and/or it comes with complications that range from the inconvenient to the very serious. In fact, estimates are that five to fifteen percent of people who have had gastric bypass surgery start regaining weight within three to five years. And as many as 25 percent of lap band patients experience complications or discouraging discomfort following surgery. In those cases, revision surgery may be an appropriate option.
Revisional bariatric surgery is performed to alter or repair a preexisting operation for treatment of morbid obesity. With the increasing number of bariatric surgery procedures performed, the need for revise/repair operations is also increasing. The results for revisional bariatric surgery can vary widely. In the hands of an experienced bariatric surgeon, the results of operations for complications are generally good, meaning that the complication is corrected and the associated problems are resolved. And again, there is a direct correlation between the experience of the bariatric surgeon and the success of the surgery