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Weighing MY OPTIONS

Is weight loss surgery right for me?

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ver considered weight loss

surgery? Join the crowd. From 1998 to 2004, the total number of bariatric surgeries has increased ninefold, according to a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. And the demand could rise even faster, the study predicts, because so far, only a small fraction of those medically eligible have actually had it done.

Who’s a candidate? “Obesity surgery promotes weight loss by either restricting the amount of food you’re able to take in and/or bypassing parts of the digestive tract to limit the amount of food, calories and nutrients your body absorbs,” explained Brian Lane, M.D., of the Augusta University Center for Obesity & Metabolism. Plus, structural changes created by surgery cause a normalization of a patient’s appetite-control hormones, making it easier to eat smaller amounts of food. Candidates must meet the following: • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or about 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds for women; or a BMI between 35 and 39.9 and a serious obesity-related health problem such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea (when breathing stops for short periods during sleep)

DON’T WEIGH(T) If you’ve been struggling with your weight for years and want to find out more about weight loss surgery, the Augusta University Center for Obesity & Metabolism offers both. View an online seminar right now about what to expect. Visit augustahealth.org/weightloss.

• Lack of substance abuse problems, including tobacco, alcohol and other drugs • Willingness to undergo medical, nutritional, psychological and surgical examinations • An understanding of the operation and the lifestyle changes you will need to make

What’s the risk? Although most patients lose significant amounts of weight, not all are able to keep it off, and side effects

can include nausea, dehydration and ulcer problems in bypass patients. However, current surgical techniques by properly trained teams now make bariatric operations as safe as gallbladder surgery. “It’s also important to remember: Surgical options aren’t an easy fix to weight problems,” added Dr. Lane. “Longterm success depends largely on a lifelong commitment to healthier eating habits, physical activity and regular medical care.”

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