Your story may be typical of most obese patients, who have tried diet after diet, initially succeeding – losing 10, 25, maybe even 50 or 80 pounds – but then having the weight come back once you stop your diet. You are not alone – for the morbidly obese, the chance for long-term success – getting the necessary weight off and keeping it off using diet and medication, is estimated to be less than 10%.
For this reason, the National Institute of Health and most recently the American Heart Association have stated that for certain patients, bariatric surgery represented the best option for long-term management of obesity and the medical problems associated with obesity, including type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
Bariatric surgery can help patients lose 60 to 80% of excess weight, depending on the procedure. This is usually achieved over 1-2 years, and enables the patient a powerful tool to help them keep the weight off over the long-term. In addition, these operations can successfully reduce, eliminate, or prevent such weight-related health problems in over 90% of cases.
Learn more about the weight loss surgery procedures performed by Healthy Steps Bariatric and Metabolic Center serving Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Napa and all of Northern California: