Weight-Loss Surgery Facts
Weight-loss surgery is a relatively new option for people suffering from morbid obesity. Using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, skilled surgeons conduct a variety of specialized weight-loss surgeries.
The most common and effective bariatric (weight-loss) procedures are LapBand,
Roux en Y, Duodenal Switch, and Vertical Gastrectomy.
FACT - Only about 3-5% of all people who attempt weight loss through diet and exercise programs are successful long term.
FACT - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the United States of America convened a consensus panel of experts on obesity and medical management of obese patients in 1991 and 1996. Their conclusion was that weight loss surgery in patients who have failed diet and exercise programs is the most effective and ONLY method which results in significant weight loss long term.
FACT - patients who are morbidly obese have much higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease than non-obese patients.
FACT - each year approximately 300,000 individuals die from obesity related causes in the US. This number is second only to smoking.
FACT - morbidly obese individuals are 5 times more likely to die prematurely than non-obese patients.
FACT - following weight loss surgery, more than 90% of morbidly obese patients who also have associated medical problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure no longer require medication or treatment to control their diseases.
FACT - with an experienced surgeon and the appropriate operation, patients who undergo weight loss surgery lose an average of 60-80% of their excess weight.
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