Obesity — A Matter of Life and Death
More than 12.5 million Americans are severely overweight, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Obesity, which refers to excessive body fat, can cause many health problems and put you at a higher risk for diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea and other respiratory problems and some forms of cancer.
Many people who are seriously overweight have tried different diets, medications and professional weight-loss services for years without long-term success. Weight-loss, or bariatric, surgery at Texoma Medical Center (TMC) can help those struggling with obesity get the long-term weight loss they need and lead a longer and healthier life.
The weight-loss surgery program at TMC has been designated as a fully accredited Bariatric Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This national recognition speaks to the high level of care the staff provides to TMC's bariatric patients, as well as the hospital's dedication to patient safety and results.
Weight-Loss Surgery Options
Weight-loss surgery at TMC helps people lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band (Lap-band®) or or through removal of a portion of the stomach (Gastric Sleeve). After surgery, patients eat less food to feel full and satisfied.
Gastric banding surgery is performed laparoscopically by placing an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach. The new, small upper stomach pouch and a narrowed outlet limit the stomach capacity and increase the feeling of fullness. A reduction in food intake results in weight loss.
The Gastric Sleeve, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastroectomy, is the latest weight loss procedure. This innovative procedure is frequently chosen by potential bariatric patients because it has fewer long-term risks and doesn't require any foreign objects to be placed inside the body. Out-of-town patients also favor this procedure because of the minimal follow-up care required. Many insurance plans cover this procedure for their members.
Patients undergoing the sleeve procedure can typically expect an overnight stay in the hospital and the ability to return to work or other commitments within one week of surgery. Sleeve patients who practice the principles of behavior change can expect, on average, 60-70 percent excess weight loss within two years of having surgery. Additionally, patients tend to have fewer long-term risks such as ulcers, hernias and nutritional deficiencies.
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
Are You a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?
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
For additional information about weight-loss surgery at TMC, read some commonly asked questions and attend one of our educational seminars. You can also contact speak to the weight-loss surgery coordinator at 903-416-4180.
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.