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Obesity is a condition that affects nearly one third of men and women in the United States, and its risk factors can cause severe and often life-threatening illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and an increased risk for developing breast, prostate and colon cancers. While a healthy diet and consistent exercise routine are the best ways to stay fit, that combination might not be enough for everyone to maintain a healthy weight.
For those who struggle with severe weight loss problems, bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, can offer life-changing solutions. The procedures that fall under the category of bariatric surgery reduce the size of the stomach in various ways, restricting the amount of food patients can eat and increasing their ability to lose weight rapidly.
These procedures include:
Woody Denham, MD, bariatric surgeon at NorthShore, shares some of the basic criteria one must meet for weight loss surgery:
As with any surgery, it is important to discuss what treatment options would be best for you with your physician. The weight loss journey doesn’t end with surgery. Losing weight will still require basic lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise.
What do you do control your weight? Have you had weight loss surgery?