There are two basic types of surgical weight loss procedures: restrictive procedures such as adjustable gastric banding, which limit the amount of food the stomach can hold and are most appropriate for patients with a target of 50 percent excess body weight loss; and combined restrictive and malabsorption procedures such as traditional Roux-en Y gastric bypass surgery, which is most appropriate for patients who need to lose 70 percent of excess body weight. For more information on the types of procedures offered at Mercy Bariatric Center, please click on the topic links below.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding -- procedure places a restrictive band around the top of the stomach. It limits food intake. The band is adjustable and removable.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy -- procedure removes part of the stomach so that a tube is formed. This restricts how much food can be taken in.
For consideration into a bariatric surgical program, patients must have:
**Each patient that meets the above criteria is then evaluated collectively by our multidisciplinary team to assess their candidacy for weight loss surgery.
According to the American Public Health Association (APHA), overweight and obesity are associated with 300,000 deaths each year in the United States. Today 97 million Americans, more than one-third of the adult population, are overweight or obese. To be considered obese, an adult must have a BMI of 30 or greater. An estimated 5 to 10 million of those are considered morbidly obese.
Obesity becomes "morbid" when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions or serious diseases (also known as co-morbidities) that result either in significant physical disability or even death. As you read about morbid obesity you may also see the term "clinically severe obesity" used. Both are descriptions of the same condition and can be used interchangeably. Morbid obesity is typically defined as being 100 lbs. or more over ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher. According to the National Institutes of Health Consensus Report, morbid obesity is a serious disease and must be treated as such. It is a chronic disease, meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time.
People who suffer from overweight and obesity are at increased risk for a number of health-related problems, including:
Perceptions of obesity have changed as the disease escalates in our country.
In the past:
In the present: