How many of us can say that we’ve struggled with diets and our weight for half our lives or more? The fact is that obesity is an epidemic in America, and it’s one that isn’t going away on its own. In fact, obesity rates in America have doubled over the last 25 years. Today, over 70% of adult Americans are overweight, while more than a third of all Americans struggle with obesity on a daily basis, and this has a major impact not only on overall health, but also on day-to-day quality of life.
Obesity specifically describes a BMI that is 30.0 or higher, while the larger umbrella of “overweight” describes anyone whose weight is higher than is considered healthy for their height. Many individuals who struggle with obesity find themselves feeling trapped, especially considering that most have attempted numerous diets and other lifestyle changes only to find their weight coming back or continuing to increase.
Rather than giving up hope, many of these individuals turn to weight loss surgery as an option to reverse weight gain and regain health and overall quality of life. For those who are considering weight loss surgery in Overland Park, Kansas City, Independence, Springfield, Columbia, St. Louis, or Florissant, MO, the weight loss surgery clinics at Blue Valley Surgical Associates can help you to determine whether bariatric or weight loss surgery is right for you.
Health Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery Procedures
The health risks that accompany obesity are many and well-documented, ranging from an increased risk of life-threatening conditions such as stroke, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer, to reduced mobility, difficulty sleeping, and overall quality of life. The various more minor but still problematic conditions associated with obesity include sleep apnea, infertility, osteoarthritis, difficulty breathing, and many more. Obesity can affect everything from your ability to get a good night’s sleep to your performance at work, your personal life, and the time that you can spend playing with your children or grandchildren.
Controlling your weight can benefit almost all of these conditions while giving you back control over your day-to-day life, but sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to reduce your weight, or aren’t fast enough to treat your condition when health factors seem to be spinning out of control. In those situations, weight loss surgery may be a solution.
Popular and Proven Weight Loss Surgery Procedures
There are a variety of options for weight loss surgery available in Kansas City and across the nation. Two of the most popular bariatric or weight loss surgeries, which are known to offer the best results to patients, are Adjustable Gastric Band procedures and Sleeve Gastrectomy procedures, accounting for nearly 60% of all weight loss surgeries performed in the United States. Both of these options are offered at BVSA by surgical specialists with extensive experience in performing weight loss surgery.
In an Adjustable Gastric Band procedure, a silicon band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. This helps to control weight by allowing you to feel full faster and helping you to feel satiated longer each time you eat. A Sleeve Gastrectomy achieves a similar result by making several small incisions and then using a laparoscope, or small camera, to assist the doctor in removing half the stomach. The name comes from the fact that the remaining stomach is essentially a vertical “sleeve.”
The end result of both procedures is a functionally smaller stomach, requiring you to eat less food in order to feel full so that you can lose weight and keep it off without feeling constantly hungry. Both procedures are minimally invasive, and most patients go home the next day.
Weight Loss Surgery Success
Today, hundreds of thousands of weight loss surgeries are performed in the United States every day, and they have an astonishing rate of success. In fact, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the majority of weight loss surgery patients maintain long-term weight loss equal to or greater than 50% of their excess body weight.
Ultimately, though, the most important gauge of the success of weight loss surgery isn’t how much you weigh, but how much better you feel, what health benefits you experience, and how much your quality of life is improved. Multiple studies have shown that recipients of weight loss surgery are happier and healthier than they were before their procedure, displaying fewer obesity-related conditions and co-morbidities such as sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions, and enjoying a better overall quality of life.
For those who struggle with obesity and for whom diet and exercise have proven insufficient to treat the problem, weight loss surgery probably sounds like a pretty incredible solution. And for many patients, it is! However, before you decide whether weight loss surgery is right for you, you should consult with a bariatric surgery specialist at one of our clinics in Kansas City, Independence, St. Louis, Florissant, Springfield, or Columbus.
Weight Loss Surgery Consultations at Blue Valley Surgical Associates
Blue Valley Surgical Associates has multiple locations in Kansas and Missouri to better serve our patients wherever they live. If you’re interested in weight loss surgery in Kansas City, St. Louis, or anywhere else in the area, pick up the phone or visit one of our clinics for a weight loss consultation today. Our weight loss specialists will help you to determine if you’re a good candidate for weight loss surgery and help walk you through the risks and benefits associated with all of your options.
While all of our weight loss surgeries are performed at our state-of-the-art facility in Overland Park, KS, the experts at any of our locations will be able to help you determine what solutions are right for you. For more information, contact Blue Valley Surgical Associates today or stop into one of our many clinics for a weight loss consultation.Share