Weight-loss Surgery at TMC
Obesity — A Matter of Life and Death
More than 12.5 million Americans are severely overweight, a condition that can be a matter of life and death, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many people who are seriously overweight have tried diets, medications and professional weight-loss services for years without long-term success. Fortunately weight-loss surgery at Texoma Medical Center can help seriously overweight people get the long-term weight-loss they need when nothing else has worked.
What is weight-loss surgery?
Weight-loss surgery at Texoma Medical Center helps people lose weight by either reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band (Lap-band®) or through removal of a portion of the stomach (Gastric Sleeve).
There is more to weight-loss surgery than the procedure itself. To be successful, patients must make major changes in their lifestyle and eating habits. For example, following surgery patients must:
- Restrict the amount and types of food they eat
- Avoid drinking liquids with meals
- Stick with a regular exercise program
- Take vitamin and mineral supplements
Is weight-loss surgery right for me?
Weight-loss surgery may be right for you if:
- You are over age 18
- Your are at least 50 pounds overweight, depending on other health conditions
- Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is at least 35 with one obesity-related health problem (such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or sleep apnea) or your BMI is greater than 40, with or without related health problems. (Calculate your BMI)
- You have tried other weight-loss methods without success
- You are medically stable and physically able to withstand surgery
- You pass a psychological screening test that helps determine if you are able to comply with postsurgical behavior modifications
- You complete all required pre-operative testing
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.