Weight Loss Surgery in Brevard County, Including Melbourne and Merritt Island
If you are overweight and have struggled to lose weight, you are not alone. For many obese patients with BMI of 40 or above (or as low as 35 if certain conditions exist), bariatric surgery may be the most effective way to achieve substantial weight loss. While there are several types of bariatric procedures, they work by reducing the volume of the stomach that is available to digest food and/or reducing the amount of nutrients that can be absorbed.
Am I A Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
Candidates for weight loss surgery typically have been obese for five years or longer and have been attempting to lose weight through traditional means for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, the most common weight-loss methods, such as dieting, exercise, medications and therapy, simply don’t work for many people. In these cases, surgery may be an effective solution. If you live in the Melbourne, FL area or nearby, then we would love to discuss your options.
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
A comprehensive 10-year study by the National Institutes of Health found that, for morbidly obese patients, bariatric surgery proved to be the most effective way to achieve long-term weight reduction and maintenance, with a success rate exceeding 80 percent.
Also, according to a study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, the health benefits of the weight loss achieved post surgery included a 95 percent improvement in quality of life and a 30 to 40 percent decrease in 10-year mortality.
The study also showed substantial reductions in type 2 diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and asthma after bariatric surgery.
Am I eligible for Weight Loss Surgery?
To achieve the highest possible levels of effectiveness and safety, a patient’s condition must meet specific requirements to be eligible for a bariatric procedure:
- The patient must be between 18 and 64 years old. Some additional age restrictions may apply depending on the type of surgery.
- The patient’s BMI must be greater than or equal to 40; or greater than or equal to 35 combined with certain serious health conditions.