Recent studies have shown that patients undergoing weight loss surgery are three times less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19.
AUSTIN, Texas – The epidemic has helped people realize many things about their lives, including the need to take care of their mental and physical health.
More and more people who are struggling with obesity are even resorting to weight loss surgery to begin the process of losing weight so that they can live a healthier lifestyle.
Bariatric surgery involves changes in a person’s digestive system to help him lose weight and improve his metabolism. This surgery is becoming more common in the United States, including here in Austin.
According to the CDC, obesity increases the risk of someone getting more serious illnesses with COVID-19. Dr. Tim Faulkenberry said his treatment room at the St. David’s Medical Center Bariatric Center is still busy as more people think about surgery.
“Not so much that they want to have surgery to lose weight so that they do not get the coronavirus. It will not do that, “said Faulkenberry. “What it really means is that they really want to have a healthy body so that they can respond to infections and recover.”
Nearly three-quarters of adults over the age of 20 in the United States meet the criteria for being overweight or obese. More than 9% of the US adult population is considered morbid or severely obese.
“[We] I always knew it was good for diabetes, high blood pressure, things like that. “But when it comes to overcoming the deadly virus, it’s been on people’s minds a lot more.”
Amanda Smith is one of Dr. Falkenbery’s patients. He lost more than 230 230 in surgery in September 2019, months before the outbreak in Austin.
When the epidemic struck, he was initially worried that the epidemic would force him to return և regain weight. However, he was able to work hard to continue after the operation, saying that his lifestyle and health changed dramatically after the operation, giving him more time to spend with his family.
“Almost every day after work we play outside – football, volleyball. “We go on little trips to zoos and lakes, things I probably would not have used to because I was so fat,” Smith said.
A recent study by the Cleveland Clinic found that those who underwent metabolic or weight-loss surgery were three times less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than those who were not obese.
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Weight loss will be followed by fatigue and constant tiredness. Faulkenberry said it takes months to prepare for surgery, especially when patients work with their insurance agencies to complete preoperative work.
However, he said recovery now is a great way to prevent future illnesses.
Surgeons follow guidelines on who is allowed to undergo bariatric surgery. This is not just for people who are trying to lose weight. While each case is different, someone is likely to have a body mass index or BMI of about 35 or higher, among other factors.
“It makes good sense that they certainly should have made the effort to lose weight through non-surgical means,” Faulkenberry said.
In Smith’s case, she was obese with every child. After having three children in 10 years, eating and exercising properly still did not work.
“The only regret I have ever had is never doing it sooner because people do not agree with this type of surgery or talk to people and tell them it is the easiest way out,” Smith said.
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