Q. I’ve tried diet pills, exercise programs, support groups and everything else to try to lose weight, and nothing seems to work. Now that I am seeing my health decline due to my weight, what else can I do?
A. The Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, offers comprehensive obesity management solutions to help patients like you achieve consistent and permanent weight loss and improve other medical conditions associated with obesity such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnea and osteoarthritis. Our program takes a comprehensive approach to weight loss, which may include surgical or medical approaches.
Q. How will weight loss or bariatric surgery help me lose weight?
A. Weight loss or bariatric surgery may be the next step for people who remain severely obese after trying nonsurgical approaches, or for people who have an obesity-related disease such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnea and osteoarthritis.
Q. I’ve heard so many stories in the media recently about the risks and outcomes associated with obesity surgery. I am severely overweight, but I wonder if I should consider the procedure?
Surgery to produce weight loss is a serious undertaking. Each individual should clearly understand what the proposed operation involves by discussing the risks and possible benefits with their doctor. If you are considering bariatric surgery, look for a program led by a board certified bariatric surgeon supported by a team that includes anesthesiologists, radiologists, pulmonologists, registered nurses, dietitians and other specialists experienced in treating bariatric surgery patients. Ask how many bariatric surgeries the facility performs annually and what their complication rate is.
“After surgery long-term follow-up with a physician experienced in the care of patients having these procedures is essential to success,” says Peter F. Lalor, M.D., medical director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Wood County Hospital . “In addition, patients must also be committed to making lifelong lifestyle modifications which include taking vitamin supplements and exercising.”
Each person’s medical situation is different, however, and you should discuss with your doctor whether the health risks of being severely obese in your specific case outweigh the health benefits you can gain from losing excess weight.