We’re Here to Help You Learn About Your Weight Loss Options
Obesity is a public health problem in America, and has led to increased rates of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. For individuals living with obesity, there are more concerns beyond health factors, as obesity can have serious social and psychological implications as well. In order to help fight the problem of obesity, bariatric surgery has become more widely available to patients with significant weight loss needs. The decision to get this type of surgery should not be taken lightly, which is why Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers comprehensive patient education on the subject for potential surgical candidates. Below is an overview of what will be discussed in our educational seminars.
- Choices for surgery: There are multiple bariatric surgery options available, each with different benefits for patients. Gastric bypass is a well-known type of bariatric surgery that reduces the size of the stomach and intestinal tract to limit the amount of food that can be consumed and absorbed within the body. A recently developed alternative to this procedure is gastric banding, which can be reversed if necessary. The gastric banding procedure uses a device to make the stomach pouch smaller without altering the intestinal tissue.
- Candidacy for surgery: Some basic qualifications will need to be met by patients before they are considered for surgery. For example, patients must be over the age of 18, have a BMI higher than 40, and be dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. Even patients who meet these conditions may not be right for surgery, so it is important to participate in discussions about what exactly the surgery entails.
- Details of surgery: Common questions about surgery, like how long procedures take and what is involved in recovery, will be covered in weight loss surgery education, and time will be dedicated to individual questions that may not be discussed in this general information session.
Find out about upcoming weight loss community education from Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center by contacting us on our website or calling (702) 233-5300. Our educational seminars are free to attend, so there is nothing holding you back from changing your outlook on weight loss.