While not a quick fix, bariatric (weight loss) surgery can be a tool to help you achieve significant weight loss, free you from related medical problems and give you the chance to live the life you’ve always wanted. With support of Central Maine Healthcare’s specialized bariatric team you will gain additional tools to complete your tool box that prepares you for success.
You may qualify for a weight loss procedure if you:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above. Calculate your BMI
- BMI of 35 and struggling with two obesity-related conditions like type two diabetes hypertension, heart disease or sleep apnea
- Have tried or are currently trying to lose weight through other means such as diet and exercise
- Psychologically ready for weight loss surgery and willing to commit to a whole new lifestyle
- Not tobacco, drug or alcohol dependent. Can work with PCP for tobacco cessation while in the program.
If you meet any of the requirements above, be sure to join us for a free informational seminar, led by a board-certified surgeon. Together, we’ll explore a variety of weight loss surgery options and see if a procedure can help you find success.
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
- Significant and lasting weight loss: On average, weight loss surgery patients lose and keep off up to 50 to 70 percent of their excess weight in the first year, when combined with healthy changes.
- Improves or resolves related conditions: Bariatric surgery has proven to significantly improve diseases caused or worsened by obesity, including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, sleep apnea, arthritis, asthma, acid reflux and more. It has also shown to drastically reduce — or even eliminate — type 2 diabetes.
- Longer life: Several large studies have found that those who have had bariatric surgery have a significantly lower risk of death than those who have not. The low mortality rate is remarkable, considering that most patients affected by severe obesity are in poor health and have one or more life-threatening diseases at the time of their surgery.
- Happier, healthier you: Significant weight loss from bariatric surgery brings more than just physical transformation. Studies have shown that self-esteem, work, social interactions and sexual function all improve.
Risks of Bariatric Surgery
As with any major surgery, weight loss procedures carry some risks. Our surgeons and support team will carefully review any potential complications well before your surgery. Generally, the risks associated with weight loss surgery are significantly less than the risk of remaining morbidly obese. Also, our surgeons often perform these procedures laparoscopically, which may mean less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery.
Committing to Healthy Change
Whichever weight loss procedure is right for you, it’s important to remember that surgery is just the start of a lifelong commitment to wellness. You can count on support for the long haul, starting with pre-operative education to make and maintain important dietary and lifestyle changes. Following surgery, we’ll closely monitor your progress and provide the ongoing care you need to become and remain healthy.