The awareness of these health risks, the poor quality of life, and the excessive costs associated with obesity have led to increased attention to prevention and treatment of this problem.
Diet, behavior modification, and exercise strategies have been developed and proven effective for short term weight control. Unfortunately for the majority of patients, diet and exercise treatments in severe obesity are not as effective.
Bariatric Surgery has evolved since its origin in the 1970’s and became an accepted treatment for life threatening obesity in 1991. Now bariatric surgical procedures, such as the Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Band, are the treatment of choice for patients that are severely obese and have failed more conservative treatments. Current bariatric surgical procedures produce long term weight control with minimal complication rates.
Surgical weight loss improves health by:
- Resolution or improvement in diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, joint problems, coronary artery disease
- Marked reductions in cardiovascular disease risk factors
- Reducing mortality
To schedule an appointment for a consultation with a bariatric surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center, click here or call 215-710-5711.