Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?
If you are considering weight loss surgery, you need to look at all your options and remember that this is a lifelong commitment. Our caring staff will go over all the options, benefits and risks with you. Your health, wellness, and “readiness” are our most important concerns.
Many people have learned that most diet and exercise regimens fail, especially for the person with obesity. As we always say, “Such ‘failure’ is expected. However, it is not you who failed the diets. Rather, it is the diets that failed you.” Statistically, if your BMI is 35-40+, your chances of durable success with traditional, weight-loss regimens and programs is less than 5%!
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Also, there is no one whose BMI is in this range whose life and health are not affected by their weight. Let us be clear, this is NOT an editorial about your worth. It is a life and health fact. Most likely your weight affects what you do, how you do it, what you are comfortable doing, and (sometimes) how you feel about yourself. The health effects are also present or, most likely, on the near horizon for you. Learn the true high cost of doing nothing about obesity and discover why weight loss surgery is often your best and most rational option.
Bariatric (weight loss) surgery has become one of the most common, effective, and safe medically-approved treatment options available for weight loss and reduction of obesity-related comorbidities.
In most medical circles, it is understood that weight-loss surgery is the only rational and proven method of controlling one’s weight and health when your BMI has reached the above range. (Note: As long ago as the 1990s, the National Institute of Health stated that the results of the non-operative treatment of severe/morbid obesity is 3-5% over a five-year period. Thus, proving what you already know…that the results are abysmal for your prior weight-control efforts.)
And while weight-loss surgery is growing in popularity, it remains a serious decision to make and that is why the staff at Denver Center of Bariatric Surgery is very methodical in our unique approach, education, support, and care we provide to each patient along your weight loss journey.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of women and men undergo weight loss surgery in Denver, Colorado and throughout the United States. Our team has helped thousands and thousands of patients meet their goals through bariatric surgeries, revisions and follow-up care. And, in the surgical realm, experience is of paramount importance.
Sometimes bariatric surgery can sound like a simple fix for those with long term obesity. It’s a lifelong commitment. We will work with you and your loved ones to understand the commitment, hard work, learning, and dedication it takes to ensure your bariatric procedure works for you – for life. From pre-operative nutrition counseling to post-operative support groups, consultations and classes, we will assist you in reaching and maintaining your ideal weight and goals to live a healthier life.
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What Do You Want Your Life To Look Like?
People come to the (ASMBS- Center Of Excellence-certified) Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery for a variety of reasons:
- To Lose Weight – of course! Dr. Snyder knows this is an acceptable reason – but not a great one in and of itself. We know that your experience makes you a weight loss expert, so it is not just about losing weight. It’s about…
- Getting Healthy – absolutely. There is greater power behind this reason for considering bariatric surgery, but not necessarily the most compelling and sustainable reason. To be truly successful, you must want…
- To Change Your Life – The most powerful and sustainable reason to have weight loss surgery is to change your life. When you want to live life on your terms, this is the greatest reason to consider a bariatric procedure.
When you want to live life on your terms, this is the greatest reason to consider a bariatric procedure.
Obesity-Related Health Conditions
Besides losing weight, what are other reasons why weight loss surgery might be right for you? Obesity-related health conditions — whether alone or in combination — can significantly reduce your life expectancy and profoundly affect your quality of life.
Some of the more common conditions people consider bariatric surgery for include:
Diabetes – Obese individuals commonly develop insulin resistance, which regulates blood sugar levels. Over time, this can cause serious damage to the body and require significant time, effort, medications and money to manage.
High Blood Pressure / Heart Disease – Excess body weight strains the ability of the heart and blood vessels to function properly. Resulting high blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to strokes and inflict significant heart and kidney damage.
Joint Pain – Osteoarthritis of Weight-bearing Joints— Added weight placed on joints, particularly knees and hips, results in more rapid wear and tear along with pain. Similarly, bones and muscles of the back are constantly strained, resulting in disk problems, pain and decreased mobility.
Poor Sleep – Obstructive Sleep Apnea / Respiratory Problems— Fat deposits in the tongue and neck can cause intermittent obstruction of the air passage. The obstruction increases when sleeping on one’s back and you may find yourself waking frequently to reposition. Also, the real effect of weight on the mechanics of breathing can be notable—literally limiting the amount of and ease of breathing. The resulting loss of sleep often results in daytime drowsiness and headaches.
Heartburn / GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux— Acid belongs in the stomach and seldom causes problems. When acid escapes into the esophagus through a weak or overloaded valve, the result is called gastroesophageal reflux. The pressure of weight on your abdomen can also cause and/or aggravate this. Heartburn and acid indigestion are common symptoms. Beyond this discomfort, about 10-15% of patients with even mild or sporadic symptoms of heartburn will develop a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, which is a pre-malignant change in the esophageal lining and one cause of esophageal cancer. Learn more about how we can diagnose GERD right in our offices.
Depression – Seriously overweight persons face constant challenges to their emotions: repeated failure with dieting, disapproval from family and friends, expressions and remarks from strangers. They often experience discrimination at work, cannot fit comfortably in theatre seats, or ride in a bus or plane. Morbid obese individuals’ rate of clinical depression (though often not diagnosed) is about 89%.
Infertility - The inability or diminished ability of couples to conceive and have children can sometimes be related to obesity.
Urinary Stress Incontinence – A large abdomen and relaxation of pelvic muscles, especially associated with the effects of childbirth, may cause the valve on the urinary bladder to be weakened, leading to leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing or laughing.
Menstrual Irregularities – Morbidly obese individuals often experience disruptions of the menstrual cycle, including abnormal menstrual flow and increased pain associated with menstruation.
PCOS — Abnormal hair growth, hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularity and a variety of other symptoms associated with estrogenic and related abnormalities are often caused by adipose tissue excess.
Our weight loss surgery experts at the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery have a unique approach to helping you understand why weight loss surgery is important and ensuring you can achieve your health goals. We are dedicated to the core principles of perspective, accessibility, expertise and support.
Benefits of Surgery
Bariatric surgery is known to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for morbid obesity and many related conditions. It can improve or resolve more than 30 obesity-related conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, hypertension and high cholesterol. According to years of research, the risks of living with morbid obesity outweigh the risks of having bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery increases lifespan, as compared to those who do not have surgery and patients may improve their life expectancy by up to 89% and reduce their risk of premature death due to weight related health conditions by 30 to 40%. Typically, patients have maximum weight loss within one to two years after surgery and maintain a substantial weight loss, with improvements in obesity-related conditions (co-morbidities), for years afterwards.
Enhanced Quality of Life after Bariatric Surgery
Patients find that they have overall better quality of life after surgery: meeting the challenges (social, emotional, and psychological) they faced before surgery becomes much easier.
Patients begin to get around easier and feel confident in facing certain public situations.
Patients feel better about themselves and their self-esteem improves. Others take on new hobbies, such as traveling, that they never thought were possible before surgery. Many patients feel they have a “new lease on life”.
Patients can wear the clothes they want to wear, not the ones they have to wear.
Patients can participate in activities with their families, such as going on amusement park rides, and enjoy everyday activities. Most patients notice improved levels of energy due to their weight loss. They feel they are no longer “carrying around an extra person”.
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