Prevention and Wellness

Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?

You are not alone: One third of Americans are overweight.  At Premier Health, we understand and empathize with the challenges associated with weight loss.  That’s why we offer different weight management solutions.  If your BMI is over 35 with comorbidities (other health problems) or 40 or greater you should consider bariatric surgery for weight loss.  If weight loss surgery is considered for treatment of morbid obesity, you should know what to expect before and after weight loss surgery, understand special considerations of the surgery and know the risks and responsibilities you take on when choosing weight loss surgery.  Tens of thousands of weight loss procedures are performed annually in the United States. Patients who choose surgical weight loss report dramatically improved quality of life, including better health, better self-esteem, and a more satisfying social life. 

The Miami Valley Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Center and our surgeons have been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. This accreditation includes a set of rigorous standards that must be met every day. The Miami Valley Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Center was founded in 2006.

Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

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One of the first steps in your decision-making process is to determine if you meet the guidelines for weight loss surgery. Our surgeons use the guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) when considering treatment options for patients. 

NIH Guidelines for Recommending Bariatric Surgery 

Candidates for weight loss surgery should: 

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater 
  • Have a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more co-morbid conditions. Co-morbid conditions include hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), urinary incontinence, degenerative joint disease, sleep apnea, and other associated conditions. 

Patients should also: 

  • Understand the risks and rewards of weight loss surgery 
  • Have a history of failed, non-surgical efforts at weight loss 
  • Commit to dietary, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle changes 

If you meet these guidelines, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. You and your surgeon will work together to make the final decision. 

Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me? 

The following questions will help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you. 

  1. Are you 100 pounds or more overweight? 
  2. Is your body mass index (BMI) 35 or greater with co-morbidities related to obesity or 40 or greater without any comorbidities? 
  3. Do you have a weight-related health problem such as diabetes or high blood pressure?
  4. Have you tried to lose weight through conventional methods (exercise, diet programs, calorie counting, group sessions, one-on-one counseling) but been unsuccessful? 

Next Steps 

The qualification process includes a series of common medical tests. Also, you will meet with your surgeon, a dietitian, a psychologist, an exercise therapist, and other support staff members prior to surgery. 

If you are interested in taking the next step in our Weight Loss Program, contact us at (937) 208-4YOU (4968).

What Happens Before Weight Loss Surgery?  

Deciding to have weight loss surgery will change your life in a positive and healthy way.  The decision of where to have your surgery is critically importance and will affect your weight loss success and overall bariatric surgery experience.  You can rest assured that you Premier Health Bariatric Surgeons have performed a significant number of bariatric procedures and very skilled at doing them.  Our program partner, Miami Valley Hospital, is an accredited Comprehensive Bariatric Center.  This designation acknowledges the superior surgical and medical care made available to our patients, including complication rates far below the national average.

It’s important to understand that weight loss surgery does require certain preparation like any other surgery. Your physician and their staff will provide you with everything you need to know to be comfortable and prepared for the weight loss surgery you choose. 

If you are interested in becoming a patient and having your weight loss/bariatric surgery with us, you can expect the following pathway to surgery:

  1. Register for a free, no-obligation informational seminar
  2. Meet with your surgeon for your initial surgical consultation
  3. Meet with one of our program dietitians
  4. Undergo any required diagnostic tests such as endoscopy, bloodwork, other testing clearances as necessary, such as pulmonary or cardiac clearance
  5. Obtain psychological clearance for bariatric surgery
  6. Complete any preoperative diet requirements based on insurance
  7. After the comprehensive bariatric team feels you are ready for surgery, case will be submitted to insurance and after approval will discuss a surgery date
  8. You will attend a preoperative education and nutrition class.  This class explains what you can expect before, during and after your surgery.  

There are some additional important steps you will need to complete before weight loss surgery. First of all, if you are a smoker, tobacco user, or nicotine user we require that you stop prior to the surgery. We know that this can be difficult, and have resources to help you, including free smoking cessation classed offered through Premier Health. It is important that you quit, as tobacco use can cause surgical complications and slow healing post-surgery. Nicotine levels will be checked prior to surgery, and the surgery will be cancelled if the test is positive for nicotine. 

Secondly, we ask that you lose a little bit of weight before surgery.  Losing a little bit of weight will improve your safety throughout the surgery. Finally, we ask that you exercise and begin building a support network for after surgery, which includes joining a Bariatric Support Group, connecting with others who have had weight loss surgery, and talking with supportive friends and family members. Starting healthy habits now will improve the chances of long-term success. Bottom line, we want you in the best health possible before surgery. These steps will look a little different for everyone, and we will further discuss what they look like for you when you come in for your first appointment.

The pathway to surgery can take 2 or more months, depending on certain requirements from your insurance plan.  Contact us and get started today on the path to a new and healthier you!

Free Weight Loss Surgery Information Sessions

To help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you, we invite you to attend our free weight loss surgery sessions that provide the details about weight loss surgery and gives you an opportunity to ask questions directly to our surgeons. Please visit this site to register for the next seminar.

Content Updated: October 19, 2018

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