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Surgical Treatment for Morbid Obesity

Morbid obesity (also called “clinically severe obesity”) is a very serious health condition that can interfere with your body’s most basic physical functions, including walking and breathing.

People with this condition are at greater risk of developing major illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and more.

Diagnosis of Morbid Obesity

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement that determines if a person is obese. BMI is defined by the ratio of a person’s height to his or her weight.

A normal BMI range is between 20 and 25. Obesity is defined as having a BMI greater than 30, and morbid obesity is diagnosed when a person falls into one of the following two categories:

  1. BMI of 40 or more and 100 pounds over his/her ideal body weight.
  2. BMI of 35 or more with obesity-related health conditions (known as co-morbidities), such as high blood pressure or diabetes

Use our BMI calculator to determine whether you are obese or morbidly obese.

Treatments for Morbid Obesity at Dallas Bariatric Center

Weight loss surgery can allow people with morbid obesity to regain their health. Dallas Bariatric Center offers the following surgical treatments for people suffering from this condition.

  • LAP-BAND®: During this procedure, an adjustable ring is placed around the upper part of the stomach. This creates two pouches and restricts the flow of food into the rest of the intestine, making you feel full more quickly.
  • Gastric Bypass: This treatment reduces the size of the stomach and decreases the absorption of calories by diverting food from a large part of the small intestine. The result is that fewer calories are brought into your body, helping you to lose weight.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy: In this surgery, part of the stomach is removed and the remaining parts are joined together to make a new, banana-sized stomach (or “sleeve”). Since your stomach is reduced to about one-tenth of its original size, you feel full quicker and won’t be able to eat as much as you used to.

To find out if you qualify for weight loss surgery and determine which type is best for you if you do, sign up for a free informational consultation today. Dr. Jay and the Dallas Bariatric Center team are dedicated to helping you get on the right path to a healthy lifestyle.

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