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Understanding Morbid Obesity

Severe obesity, also referred to as morbid obesity, is a serious medical concern. If you have been diagnosed as morbidly obese, it means that you are severely overweight, usually by a minimum of 100 pounds. This medical condition puts you at serious risk for a host of medical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Though this is a very serious medical condition, it is important to understand that you are not alone and that help is available. The multi-disciplinary team at Lakewood Regional Medical Center is here for you – with the care and support you need to.

Find Your Healthier Self

People who are 100 pounds or more overweight can face serious health risks. If you have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise but have been unable to lose the weight, weight loss surgery may be an option for adults with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious health problems related to obesity. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding many be an option for people with a BMI of 30 or more who have at least one serious obesity-related health problem. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like any surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

Exploring Your Weight Loss Surgery Options

Lakewood Regional Medical Center offers a variety of weight loss surgery options, depending on each person’s needs and wants. These procedures can be divided into three types and all involve altering the stomach and/or intestines to decrease the amount of food that can be eaten. Some procedures change the normal absorption of the foods you eat.

Restrictive Weight Loss Surgery Procedures – Decrease the amount of food that can be eaten at one time and promote a ‘full’ feeling.

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Malabsorptive Weight Loss Surgery Procedures – Reduce the absorption of calories, protein and nutrients

  • Duodenal Switch Surgery

Combination Weight Loss Surgery Procedures – Include characteristics of both restrictive and malabsorptive procedures.

  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery 
  • Gastric Revision Procedures 

Lakewood Regional Medical Center offers a weight loss surgery program that includes:

  • A comprehensive weight-loss program designed just for you that involves dietary modifications, exercise, psychological counseling and other lifestyle changes.
  • Access to physicians, nursing staff, dietitians and physical therapists to assist you in your weight loss journey.

Weight loss surgery may help resolve pre-existing medical conditions related to obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint pain and acid reflux. At Lakewood Regional Medical Center, we are here to help you lose the weight, keep it off, feel better and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.The weight loss surgery team at Lakewood Regional Medical Center is here to help you Find Your Healthier Self.

To assist you in the journey, we offer the following services:

  • Weight Loss Surgery Assessment
  • Weight Loss Surgery Education Seminars
  • Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups
  • Health Screenings

Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

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