A bariatric surgeon is a medical specialist who performs procedures designed to help severely obese people lose weight. At our center, we provide patients with access to a top bariatric surgeon in Orange County. Board-certified surgeon Dr. H. Joseph Naim has performed several weight loss procedures and is committed to helping patients see results and live healthy lives.
Bariatric surgeons perform operations intended to facilitate weight loss by limiting the amount of food that the stomach can contain or by causing malabsorption of food, or both. Examples of such procedures include the following:
Bariatric surgical procedures can be open or laparoscopic. In an open procedure, the bariatric surgeon makes a large incision. In a laparoscopic procedure, the surgeon inserts a laparoscope with a small camera attached through a small incision. Surgeons tend to prefer the laparoscopic methods, for they don’t have to cut through muscle, there is less risk of complications, and the patient has a shorter recovery time.
The various surgical techniques used have all enabled people to lose a substantial amount of weight. Studies have shown that 90 percent of people who undergo bariatric surgery not only lose weight, but are able to keep at least 50 percent of it off.
That weight loss provides all kinds of benefits like improved health and increased longevity. Patients with conditions linked to obesity like diabetes or sleep apnea can gain control over those conditions. As the patients lose weight, they find it easier to exercise, and exercising increases the speed of their metabolism, so they find it easier to lose still more weight. The weight loss induced by the surgery also improves the patient’s mental state, making them less prone to anxiety and depression. The patient can also experience increased self-esteem as a direct result of weight loss.
Each patient’s experience varies, so it is important to talk to your doctor about your realistic expectations and discover together how you could benefit.
Bariatric surgery is for extremely obese people who have been unable to lose the needed weight through more conventional and less invasive methods like diet and exercise. If a person is otherwise healthy, they are considered a candidate for bariatric surgery if they have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40. That means they are at typically least 100 pounds overweight. If a patient has at least two conditions linked to obesity like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, or heart disease, they may also be considered a candidate if the they also have a BMI of over 35. By contrast, a person with a normal weight will have a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9.
While the vast majority of people undergoing bariatric surgery are adults, teenagers do sometimes undergo the procedures. To be a candidate, an adolescent must have tried to lose weight for at least six months. They also have to have stopped growing and reached their adult height. Thus, girls have to be at least 13, and boys have to be at least 15. Adolescent candidates for bariatric surgery also need to have a BMI of at least 40 and have health problems like sleep apnea that are linked to obesity.
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