Weight Loss Surgery
Being overweight or obese is one of the most challenging conditions facing many adults. Obesity is on the rise in all ages. It impacts how you feel, what you can do and often results in many life-threatening medical conditions. If you are one of the many adults who is struggling with weight loss, bariatric surgery may be an option for you. It’s not right for everyone, and you must meet certain criteria.
How do you know if weight loss surgery is right for you?
If you are morbidly obese and have struggled and failed to lose and keep off weight in conventional ways - through diet and exercise - surgery may be your best option for success. Many factors will determine whether weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is appropriate for you. One important factor is your weight, and whether you have other conditions that would make bariatric surgery too risky to undertake.
Click to see of you would be a good candidate for bariatric surgery. (As recommended by the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery)
- Age: at least 18 years old and have been overweight for at least five years.
- Weight Qualifications (Body Mass Index)
- Must be considered morbidly obese, weight more than 100 pounds over your ideal weight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 with medical conditions (high blood pressure, coronary disease, or type 2 diabetes) related to obesity or a BMI of over 40 without any associated medical conditions, but are less than 400 pounds.
- The BMI is calculated using a formula that includes your height and weight. If you want to know your BMI, use the BMI calculator here by entering your height and weight.
- You have been unsuccessful to achieve lasting weight loss
- You have physical conditions associated with obesity that includes high blood pressure, elevated blood fats, heart problems, hypertension, sleep apnea, chronic back pain or degenerative arthritis.
- You do not have other diseases that may cause you to be overweight.
- You are ready to make lifestyle major changes and work with your bariatric surgeon for a lifetime of follow-up care.
Bariatric Surgery Options
Weight loss surgery-or bariatric surgery-can be a big step toward a new life, but it's just one of many steps on your journey to a fuller, healthier and more satisfying lifestyle. Losing weight through surgery requires a serious, lifelong commitment to changing the way you eat, exercise, and think. It requires a whole new way of approaching life every day.
The bariatric surgery team at WakeMed will be with you every step of the way, from nutrition and dietary guidance, to exercise plans, payment options, the actual surgery, and then to support groups to keep you on track. You will have your own personal navigator to guide you through the entire process from start to finish, who will provide you with resources, advocate for you and coach you to success.
Our surgeons perform all bariatric surgical procedures at WakeMed Cary Hospital, a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
The type of bariatric surgery will be decided after discussing options with your surgeon. These minimally invasive procedures include laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic gastric banding surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery is less invasive than open surgery, so patients usually have less discomfort, a shorter recovery time and fewer complications.
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WakeMed's dedicated bariatric surgeons perform minimally invasive weight loss surgeries at WakeMed Cary Hospital, a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.