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Learn more about weight loss surgery at Good Samaritan
Hospital, a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Understanding gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding

Morbid obesity can be a fatal disease. Many conditions and diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, stroke and asthma, are linked directly to severe obesity, and a number of them can be life-threatening. Although many steps have been taken to cure this growing disease, currently two-thirds of the population within the United States is considered overweight, and more than half suffer from obesity.

Life-threatening health issues related to morbid obesity

By most accounts, eating properly, exercise and implementing lifestyle changes should help people lose weight and keep it off. However, this formula does not work for many people. If traditional weight loss methods have not worked, gastric bypass, also known as weight loss surgery, may be considered.

In addition to greater weight loss than conventional treatment, weight loss surgery may also improve the quality of life by effectively resolving or improving related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea.

If you choose to have bariatric surgery, your choice should be based on discussions with your doctor and/or your surgeon, including goals and strategy for long-term care. Patient selection for bariatric surgery is based on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) criteria:

  • 100 pounds or more above ideal body weight, or a Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater.
  • BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related health conditions.

Other factors your doctor or surgeon may consider include:

  • History of documented dietary weight loss attempts.
  • Lifelong commitment to dietary, exercise, and medical guidelines and follow-up care.
  • Psychological evaluation.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital offers the following types of bariatric/weight loss surgery:

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