Jackson Purchase Medical Center – Bariatrics – FAQ’s

Do I qualify for a bariatric procedure?
This will be determined by your BMI, which is used to index a person's height and weight. You qualify if your BMI (Body Mass Index) is 40 or greater or if your BMI is 35-40 with obesity related medical problems.
What is Morbid Obesity?
This is when a person's BMI is 40 or greater, which is roughly 100 pounds or more over the ideal body weight. This type of obesity can interfere with basic functions of life like walking or breathing. There are long-term effects of type 2 diabetes and heart disease to name a couple.
What procedure is best for me?
The decision will be made after a consultation with the bariatric surgeon. The most common procedures are the gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and the gastric band.
What should I look for when choosing the surgeon to perform the procedure?
You want to seek a well-equipped facility with a fellowship trained board certified surgeon.
How successful is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery can improve and eliminate several obesity related conditions. A study of over 22,000 bariatric patients resulted in improvement or resolution of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea in addition to a 61.2% loss of excess weight. However, you must remember bariatric surgery is a tool to help you become healthy and loose excess weight. Bariatric patients must commit to a long-term lifestyle change that includes diet and exercise.

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