Get better control of your health through weight loss.
Obesity has become a number one health concern in our country today, with more than half of Americans being categorized as overweight and roughly 12 million of those considered to be severely obese. Obesity is a major cause of premature death and many other medical conditions, including sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, gastroesophageal regurgitation disease (GERD), severe pulmonary problems, cancer and musculoskeletal disorders.
About Surgical Weight Loss
Patients with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or above, or with a BMI of 35 to 40 with associated life-threatening conditions, are the most frequently identified candidates for surgery. Preparation for surgery includes a clear and realistic understanding of how one's life will change, physically and mentally, after the operation.
To find out your Body Mass Index (BMI), click here.
St. Mary's offers a comprehensive surgical weight loss program for the morbidly obese individual through its Bariatric Program. Obesity becomes "severe" when it significantly increases the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions. Individuals who suffer from severe obesity are often diagnosed with morbid obesity due to the conditions or comorbid diseases that accompany extreme weight. To learn more about the causes of morbid obesity, click here.
While the St. Mary's Surgical Weight Loss Program has developed a comprehensive course of treatment, we believe that YOU play a crucial role in ensuring your successful recovery, and most importantly, better health and weight loss. By educating and involving you in each step of the program, you will be better prepared to achieve these goals.
Surgery should always be taken seriously! Not only should patients consider all of their options, with an assessment of what has and what has not worked, but surgery requires a commitment to participate in a lifestyle focused on physical, psychological and long-term nutritional living. The decision for surgical treatment requires a careful evaluation of the serious risks associated with operative treatment compared to the risks of other therapies or no treatment at all.