Speare Memorial Hospital & Mid-State Health Center are pleased to welcome Dr. Jennifer Bentwood to our community
The Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
The benefits of weight loss surgery are immediate and ongoing. Medical and emotional benefits are experienced immediately after the surgery — many people have a greater sense of wellbeing and studies have shown blood glucose levels drop to the normal range. Most people lose weight rapidly following surgery and continue to do so for up to two years. While some people gain weight after that time, few regain it all. Weight loss surgery provides long term results.
Other benefits overtime include the improvement or cure more obesity-related conditions:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Cardiovascular disease
- Thyroid problems
- High fats in blood
Are You Eligible For Weight Loss Surgery?
The Weight Loss Center at Plymouth General Surgery is a low acuity program, meaning that you must meet the following criteria in order to be a candidate:
- Ages 18-64
- Males with a BMI up to 55
- Females with a BMI up to 60
- Able to move around and walk
- No organ failure, transplant, or on transplant list
- No significant cardiac or pulmonary impairment
The BMIs listed above are about 100 pounds overweight for men and about 80 pounds overweight for women. Weight loss surgery is also recommended for people with a BMI of 35 to 40 with life-threatening cardiopulmonary problems or diabetes. To be a candidate for weight loss surgery, you must have been unsuccessful at conventional weight loss programs such as diet, exercise, behavior modification, and medications. You must be motivated to really make it happen. You must commit to the weeks it takes to reach your goal and the years it takes for long term weight loss success. If this is you, you can be treated safely and effectively with weight loss surgery.