Weight Loss Surgery

Mission Surgical Clinic is now offering surgical weight loss options now that Dr. John D. Husted has joined the group. Dr. Husted is a renowned bariatric surgeon who has helped hundreds of patients obtain a healthy body weight through bariatric surgery.

What exactly is weight loss surgery?

Often referred to as bariatric surgery, these operations are performed to produce weight loss, but bariatric surgery does far more than produce weight loss. Metabolic and bariatric surgery currently provide one of the most effective therapies for diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, asthma, acid reflux, infertility and high cholesterol. Such operations can often restore the health of a morbidly obese individual by the correction of abnormal metabolism.

The surgical treatment of obesity involves altering the body’s mechanisms for weight gain and maintenance, either by restricting the amount of food the patient eats (restrictive operations) or by averting the absorption of calories in foods that have already been eaten (malabsorptive operations) or by a combination of both. Most patients who are candidates for obesity surgery will benefit from combined restrictive-malabsorptive operations such as the vertically banded gastric bypass and duodenal switch.

If you are overweight, you are not alone

About one-third of American adults are overweight — that’s 58 million people. More than 14 million are seriously overweight, and about 5 million are so seriously overweight it effects their health and decreases their life expectancy.

How do I know if I am a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Deciding who makes a good candidate for bariatric surgery is a highly individualized process, but generally speaking, candidates for bariatric surgery are…

  • Morbidly Obese (BMI of 40 or more)
  • Severely Obese (BMI of 35 or more) with severe weight-related co-morbid conditions
  • Affected by obesity-related health conditions such as hypertension, type II diabetes (adult onset), sleep apnea, high cholesterol/lipids, polycystic ovary syndrome, respiratory compromise, and cardiac disease
  • Can show dietary attempts at weight control have been ineffective
  • Free from circumstances that would make bariatric surgery prohibitive

In addition, patients must be committed to long-term follow up, compliance with nutritional supplements, periodic blood work, and after care.

What is BMI?

BMI stands for body mass index and is the ratio of your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared. BMI is a relatively accurate way to determine if a person’s weight poses a serious health risk. Please note, however, that the BMI calculator does not take into account muscle mass and should only be used by full-grown adults ages 20 to 65.

A BMI in the range of 19 to 25 is considered to be ideal. If your BMI signifies that you are Morbidly Obese (BMI of 40 or more) or Severely Obese (BMI of 35 to 39) with severe weight-related co-morbid conditions, then you might be a candidate for bariatric surgery.

Below is a helpful tool that will calculate your BMI for you, simply enter the required information and then click “submit” then click on the BMI tab. (Adobe Flashplayer required)