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Surgical Weight Loss for Quality of Life… and More of It

Obesity is a growing epidemic, affecting nearly 1/3 of adults in the United States and yielding increased healthcare costs and decreased life expectancy both in the U.S. and across the globe. Many individuals affected by obesity struggle with routine aspects of everyday life, finding it difficult to complete household chores, participate in activities with friends and family, perform job duties, and maintain romantic relationships. Obesity is also linked to a broad spectrum of health conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and musculoskeletal disorders. Obesity, in other words, can yield an overall lowered quality of life, as well as affecting the lives of an individual’s loved ones.

The CDC reports that obesity heavily affects the non-Hispanic black population, which has the highest age-adjusted rate of obesity at 48.1%. Hispanics are affected at 42.5% and non-Hispanic whites at 34.5%, while non-Hispanic Asians are affected at 11.7%. Obesity is highest among middle-aged adults, with those between 40 and 59 years of age representing 40.2% of obese individuals. Young adults—ages 20-39—represent 32.3% of obese individuals, while those over 60 represent 37.0%. On average, obese individuals can expect medical costs to be around $1,400 higher than those of individuals of normal weight. In 2008, the medical cost of obesity in the U.S. alone was $147 billion.

While common wisdom advocates diet and exercise as solutions to obesity, those who achieve long-term weight loss maintenance on this route are a tiny minority. Moreover, the frustrated yo-yo dieting that routinely accompanies this reality can lead to its own set of health issues, including insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and even long-term weight gain. Fortunately, there are other solutions. And for many individuals, bariatric weight loss surgery has the potential to ensure short- and long-term success where other approaches have failed.

Around 200,000 bariatric surgeries are performed each and every year, with Gastric Banding and the even more popular Sleeve Gastrectomy comprising nearly 60% of these. Here at Blue Valley Hospital, we offer both of these highly evidence-based, fine-tuned procedures to viable weight loss surgery patients in Kansas City. Gastric Banding, more formally known as the Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery, involves the placement of an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach to form a pouch with a 1-inch-wide outlet. This restriction of the stomach causes the patient to feel full faster and longer, thus reducing their overall calorie consumption.

A Sleeve Gastrectomy involves the use of a laparoscope, which enables the surgeon to perform the procedure by making only a few small incisions. In this surgery half of the stomach is removed, and what is left is a vertical sleeve approximately the size of a banana. As with Gastric Banding, the goal of this procedure is to leave the patient feeling sated earlier, leading them to eat less and lose weight.

Depending on the patient, individuals who undergo bariatric weight loss surgery can expect to see a 26%-90% reduction of excess weight, as well as the improvement or elimination of many obesity-related conditions. 83% of bariatric patients, for example, report that their Type 2 Diabetes was resolved, while 82% report improved or resolved asthma. 55% report resolved depression, and 57% experience resolved migraine headaches. Perhaps most impressive of all is that 92% experience a resolution of high blood pressure, while 98% report improved or resolved acid reflux and sleep apnea. Moreover, patients are enabled to resume the routine activities that so many of us take for granted, from accompanying their kids to the park to accompanying their partners onto the dance floor, celebrating holidays and special occasions with family, to finally joining their friends for that weekend trip to the campsite, beach, or another outdoor location.

At Blue Valley Hospital’s Weight Loss Surgery Clinics in Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis, and Springfield, MO, we know the extent to which obesity can hold one back in life. And through vast experience working with our bariatric surgery patients, we also know that weight loss surgery affords an amazing opportunity to start over as the new, healthier, happier you.

For more information or to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a viable candidate for weight loss surgery, call Blue Valley Surgical Associates at (866) 274-5774. Blue Valley Hospital is a Missouri Medicaid provider and can see patients quickly for a consultation with one of our dedicated pain management specialists.

The information contained in this website is provided for general information purposes and your specific results may vary depending on a variety of circumstances. It is not intended as nor should be relied upon as medical advice.

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