Have you struggled with losing weight? Is your weight holding you back from living a full life?
Extreme obesity, also called morbid obesity, can shorten your life. Extreme obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 40. For instance, someone who is 5’9” and weighs more than 270 lbs. would be extremely obese. Weight loss surgery can help people with extreme obesity lose weight. It may be an option if you cannot lose weight through diet and exercise or have serious health problems caused by obesity.
There are different types of weight loss surgery. They often limit the amount of food you can take in. Some types of surgery also affect how you digest food and absorb nutrients. All types have risks and complications.
Patients interested in a bariatric consultation need to contact their primary care provider for a referral to the General Surgery Clinic.