By Lisa Dobruskin, MD, FACS

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 70% of American adults are overweight or obese.

And unofficial surveys show that the COVID-19 epidemic has exacerbated the problem as more people eat more and exercise less.

Moreover, according to the CDC, overweight adults are at greater risk of developing COVID-19.

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health. Being overweight can contribute to other serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. It can also have a negative effect on your body image and self-esteem.

Although diet and exercise are important components of any weight loss program, bariatric surgery is often the most effective treatment for obesity.

A team of weight loss specialists at the Bariatric Surgery’s Metabolic Medicine Center (PMC) at Princeton Medical Center helps patients find strategies that meet their unique needs, including surgical options such as gastric bypass gastric gastrectomy.

Safe and effective

Thousands of individuals, men, women and adolescents, have regained their health and lives after bariatric surgery.

In fact, more than 250,000 bariatric procedures are performed each year, according to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

Proven safe և effective bariatric surgery can help individuals who typically weigh 100 pounds or more eliminate or reduce the harmful effects of obesity-related health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and infertility.

Bariatric surgery can help people lose up to 80% of their excess weight in the first two years after surgery. Surgery helps to restore physical health, just as it can help restore people’s confidence in their appearance.

According to: US News & World Report: Statistics, total weight loss depends on several factors, including the type of surgery.

To qualify for bariatric surgery, a patient must have a body mass index (BMI) above 40 or a BMI of 35.39.9 associated with obesity-related disease.

Surgical options

Two of the most common procedures are spinal gastrectomy and gastric bypass.

Sleeve gastectomy is a procedure in which about 75% of the stomach is removed, leaving 25% of the original capacity. The rest of the stomach is like a narrow tube or arm, hence the name. In addition, gastric emptying eliminates the part of the stomach that produces the hormone that stimulates hunger, which in turn contributes to weight loss efforts. Although it is still a relatively new procedure, the data show that the procedure leads to weight loss, which is comparable to bypassing the stomach in two years.

Bypass surgery divides the stomach into two unequal sections, less than 20% of which are left to be used for food. Food is emptied from this small sac of the stomach into the upper intestine. The small intestine is also rearranged, limiting the absorption of food. In addition to limiting the amount of food you eat, bypassing the stomach also reduces the amount of calories you eat. Gastric bypass often allows patients to lose 65-70% of their excess weight within a year.

It should be noted that bariatric surgery is a serious operation, as with all major surgeries, there are some risks. Surgery requires general anesthesia, usually one day of hospitalization. Most patients require one to two weeks of physical rehabilitation.

Life after bariatric surgery

Weight loss is a journey: although bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for obesity համար for the complications that often come with it, it is a step in the process.

Research shows that long-term success depends on lifestyle changes as well as ongoing follow-up and support.

After weight loss surgery, your diet will require constant changes in the amount of food you choose. As food rations decrease, it is more likely that your food will be nutritious, provide minerals, and vitamins that are essential for good health.

In addition, your weight loss journey may be part of your daily physical activity routine to achieve success throughout your life. Exercise has many health benefits և helping you maximize your weight loss. Regular exercise not only burns calories, it also helps maintain muscle mass during rapid weight loss.

Choose a variety of exercises that you enjoy, such as walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, or aerobics. Finding activities that you look forward to will help you make the exercise a habit, not a task.

Start losing weight

Although bariatric surgery is not a quick fix, it is an effective treatment for obesity գործիք a proven tool to start your weight loss fast տրամադր providing you with the leverage you need to build healthy habits throughout your life.

PMC Bariatric Surgery և Metabolic Medicine Center offers bariatric surgery using minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery, which allows patients to recover more quickly, reduce pain and scarring. In addition, the center, which is accredited by the Metabolic և Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Program, offers ongoing support to help ensure long-term success after weight loss surgery.

Because bariatric surgery is considered medically necessary, insurance companies often cover it.

To learn more about Bariatric Surgery և Metabolic Medicine Center հայտնաբեր to find the right weight loss strategy for you, call 609-785-5870 or visit www.princetonhcs.org/weightloss.

Lisa Dobruskin, MD, FACS, is a board-certified surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery and a member of the American College of Surgeons. He is the Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery և Metabolic Medicine Center at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.