Weight Loss Surgery

Is Bariatric Surgery Right For Me?

Obesity is a problem that is rapidly getting worse throughout the United States and the rest of the world. It is due to changes in the foods we eat, the types of jobs that people work, and the way we travel. The rise in obesity has resulted in an explosion in many types of health problems specifically associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes (also known as adult-onset diabetes), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux or heartburn, and obstructive sleep apnea, which often requires treatment with a CPAP breathing machine. These disorders together form something known as metabolic syndrome, which puts people at risk for heart disease, stroke, and more.

Weight loss is a challenging problem that most people have dealt with at some point in their adult life, and it is one that we at Meridian Surgical are here to help with! We have surgeons with decades of experience in routine and complex bariatric surgical procedures, and we offer surgical and non-surgical weight loss management options.

Requirements for bariatric surgery can vary with different insurance programs, but the guidelines by the National Institute of Health are used by most insurance programs as well as most bariatric programs. These guidelines are based on the Body Mass Index, and the guidelines say that bariatric surgery is an option for:

  1. Patients with a BMI of 40 or more

  2. Patients with a BMI of 35 and at least one of the medical conditions listed above linked to obesity (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux, or sleep apnea)

Today, nearly all primary bariatric surgery is done laparoscopically. These are minimally invasive procedures, also known as keyhole surgery, done through small incisions. This allows for a shorter hospital stay, less pain, and lower risk of hernias and wound infections. Our patients normally stay in the hospital for 1-2 nights after bariatric surgery. Most patients can return to light-duty work within 10-14 days, and most patients are free of any physical restrictions within several weeks.

Please note, we require all our patients to quit smoking or using tobacco products before having bariatric surgery, and we strongly recommend not smoking or using other tobacco products (including e-cigarettes or vaping) ever after having bariatric surgery. There is a much higher risk of developing ulcers in patients who smoke after bariatric surgery.

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