Bariatric Surgery: A Tool for Weight Loss Success

Imagine a person going through their day on a meager 1,200 calories with at least two rounds of intense exercise, all while carrying an extra 100 pounds or more on their body. A lot of people might look at this person and think they aren’t trying hard enough to lose weight. They might also think that weight loss surgery is an easy way out. But, they are wrong.

The truth is losing weight the “old-fashioned” way by adhering to a well-balanced diet and exercise is still very much a part of the lifestyle for individuals who undergo bariatric or weight loss surgery. There is no substitute for a healthy lifestyle; however, for many bariatric patients, strict diets and exercise just aren’t enough to shed those potentially life-threatening pounds. The risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and osteoarthritis dramatically increase as a person’s weight ventures into the obese category.

Bariatric surgery isn’t a “quick fix,” nor is it a fad diet; it is used after all other weight control methods have failed. Weight loss surgery is intended to jump start the weight loss process so that none of the grave diseases listed above have a chance to fully develop. After surgery, patients have to adhere to a healthy and active lifestyle in order to continue losing weight and maintain their loss over time.

The Weight Treatment Center at St. Mark’s Hospital specializes in weight management and dieting, as well as bariatric surgery. We understand that weight loss isn’t as easy for some as it is for others, which is why we’re committed to helping you explore the best option for you. Still not convinced? Listen to what Shauna, one of our bariatric success stories, has to say!

 

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