Our Wish for You!
“Our Wish For You” is said better by Rascal Flatts song “My Wish.”
Hear are some of the words. Better yet, watch the video.
“I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you wanna go,
And if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin’ till you find the window,
If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile.”
Click here for the rest of the lyrics.
Why You Should Use Us!
For one thing, we care! We want you to be successful in your weight loss journey.
And, from our experience, you need a mentor to get you through it to a successful conclusion.
However, we want you to know too that it is a life-time journey – not a destination.
Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
Qualifications for bariatric surgery in most areas include:
- BMI ≥ 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight.
- BMI ≥35 and at least two obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.
- Inability to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time with prior weight loss efforts. For example, an adult who is 5’11” tall and weighs 290 lbs would have a BMI over 40.
- An understanding of the operation and the lifestyle changes you will need to make.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recommends that surgery be performed by a board certified surgeon with specialized experience/training in bariatric and metabolic surgery, and at a center that has a multidisciplinary team of experts for follow-up care. This may include a nutritionist, an exercise physiologist or specialist, and a mental health professional. In addition, some insurance companies require that the surgery be performed at a facility that meets the ASMBS-approved quality standards (MBSAQIP).
Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?
Bariatric weight loss surgery may be the next step for people who remain severely obese after trying nonsurgical approaches or for people who have an obesity-related disease. Surgery to produce quick weight loss is a serious undertaking. Anyone thinking about undergoing this type of weight loss surgery should understand what it involves. Answers to the following questions may help you decide whether weight loss surgery is right for you.
* unlikely to lose weight or keep weight off long-term with nonsurgical measures?
* well informed about the surgical procedure and the effects of the weight loss surgery?
* determined to lose weight and improve your health?
* aware of how your life may change after the operation (adjustment to the side effects of the operation, including the need to chew food well and inability to eat large meals)?
* aware of the potential for serious complications, dietary restrictions, and occasional failures related to weight loss surgery?
* committed to lifelong medical follow-up and vitamin/mineral supplementation?
Remember: There are no guarantees for any method, including surgery, to produce rapid weight loss and maintain it. Success with weight loss surgery is possible only with maximum cooperation and commitment to behavioral change and medical follow-up and this cooperation and commitment must be carried out for the rest of your life.
A decision to have bariatric surgery is very personal and very important. It will change your life in an irreversible way for the most part, not just because of the quick weight loss it produces. Being careful with a decision like this is the right thing to do. You should research the various weight loss surgeries and the various surgeons. Then, you and the surgeon should, together, agree that weight loss surgery is the best choice you can make.
Types of Bariatric Weight Loss Surgeries
There are several types of Bariatric Weight Loss Surgeries. Click on each type of surgery below (+) for more information.
A sleeve gastrectomy, also called a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a newer type of weight-loss surgery. The sleeve gastrectomy is actually the first part of the surgical process for a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. However, the sleeve gastrectomy portion of surgery may be all that’s needed to lose sufficient weight — in some cases the second part, biliopancreatic diversion, isn’t needed. With sleeve gastrectomy, the structure of your stomach is changed to be shaped like a tube, which restricts the amount of calories your body absorbs. Click here for additional information.
In this weight-loss surgery, the surgeon positions an inflatable band around the uppermost part of the stomach. When the band is inflated, it compresses the stomach, acting like a belt that tightens. This separates the stomach into two parts, with a very small upper pouch that communicates with the rest of the stomach through a channel created by the band. The small upper pouch limits the amount of food you can eat. The band can be adjusted so that it restricts more or less food. Because of its relative simplicity, LAGB is one of more common weight-loss surgeries. However, it may lead to less weight loss than may other procedures, and you may need to have the band adjusted periodically. Click here for more information.
This is another type of gastric bypass surgery. In this complex, multipart procedure, about 80 percent of the stomach is removed. The valve that releases food to the small intestine (the pyloric valve) remains, along with a limited portion of the small intestine that normally connects to the stomach (duodenum). The surgery bypasses the majority of the intestine by connecting the end portion of the intestine to the duodenum near the stomach (duodenal switch and biliopancreatic diversion). This surgery both limits how much you can eat and reduces the absorption of nutrients. While it’s very effective, it has more risks, including malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. It’s generally used for people who have a body mass index greater than 50. Click here for additional information.