Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is a complex condition with genetic, environmental, cultural and psychological causes that cannot be blamed on a simple lack of willpower.

In the U.S, obesity affects one in five individuals in the general population. Diets alone rarely, if ever, produce lasting weight loss results for obese individuals.

Obesity is now the second-leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. An estimated 300,000 people a year die from obesity and obesity-related diseases.

Obesity-Related Conditions

Extremely obese people have a shorter lifespan than non-obese people. Serious medical conditions associated with obesity include:

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  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Cancers (several types)
  • Psychological effects, including shame, guilt and depression

What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

Surgical treatment for obesity is not for everyone who is overweight.  A calculation called body mass index (BMI) is used to measure the level of obesity.

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Calculate your BMI using our online calculator. To qualify for weight loss surgery, you must have a BMI of 40 or at least 35 with one of more obesity-related condition.

Patients must also meet specific criteria, based on guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health, before they will be considered for an evaluation by our team. Other factors that suggest surgery may be a good option include:

  • Be a minimum of 100 pounds overweight
  • Serious medical condition related to obesity, such as diabetes, sleep apnea or heart disease.    (If these are present, weight loss surgery may be considered if the BMI is above 35)
  • Age between 18 – 70 (with some exceptions)
  • No current issues with drug or alcohol abuse
  • No serious psychiatric illness, such as problems that would impair one’s ability to follow a lifetime program of health management and follow-up.

Our team takes the time to evaluate each patient individually to determine if weight loss surgery is right for them. Ideal candidates for surgery should demonstrate a prior history of failed weight loss efforts through diet, exercise, lifestyle changes or medications. Through counseling and educational programs, you will receive a full understanding of the possible risks, benefits and side effects of weight loss surgery.

For more information call 617-313-1440

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton
Center for Specialty Care, Ground Floor
199 Reedsdale Road, Milton, MA 02186
Fax: 617-298-0315