St Francis Wellness Stories - James and Patricia Allen
Dedicated to the treatment of severe obesity, the team provides innovative, comprehensive and compassionate care for patients undergoing weight loss surgery. The Bariatric team represents a combination of training, expertise and recognition unique and unparalleled in Mercer County and throughout the State of New Jersey. With three full time surgeons on staff and a complete multidisciplinary approach, the program provides the best bariatric surgical care available.
The Impact and the Effects of Obesity
The health factors that are associated with obesity are alarming. Despite increasing national and local attention, the epidemic of obesity in our country continues to increase:
About 94 million adults in the United States are either overweight or obese.
In New Jersey, 20-24% of our population is obese.
Overweight and obesity are proven risk factors for:
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep Apnea and other respiratory illness
- Certain Cancers: uterine, breast, colorectal, kidney, and gallbladder
Obesity is also associated with:
- Complications of pregnancy
- Menstrual irregularities
- Urinary stress incontinence
- Psychological disorders (depression)
- Increased surgical risk
- Increased risk of death
Treatment of Obesity
The awareness of these health risks, the poor quality of life, and the excessive costs associated with obesity have led to increased attention to prevention and treatment of this problem.
Diet, behavior modification, and exercise strategies have been developed and proven effective for short term weight control. Unfortunately for the majority of patients, diet and exercise treatments in severe obesity are not as effective.
Bariatric Surgery has evolved since its origin in the 1970’s and became an accepted treatment for life threatening obesity in 1991. Now bariatric surgical procedures are the treatment of choice for patients that are severely obese and have failed more conservative treatments. Current bariatric surgical procedures produce long term weight control with minimal complication rates.
Surgical weight loss improves health by:
- Resolution or improvement in diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, joint problems, coronary artery disease
- Marked reductions in cardiovascular disease risk factors
- Reducing mortality
Do I qualify for bariatric surgery?
The National Institutes of Health has developed recommendations for patients seeking bariatric surgery. These requirements are as follows:
- BMI 35 - 40 with a significant weight related health problem
- Significant weight loss may help to improve hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, and many other obesity-related problems. If you suffer from one of these problems, you may benefit from weight loss surgery. Remember that your BMI is only one factor in the decision to have weight loss surgery. Other factors such as your overall medical condition and age are also considered before deciding if you’ll make a good candidate for weight loss surgery.
- BMI over 40
- With a BMI over 40, you are considered severely obese. This category of weight puts you at increased risk for multiple health problems, or co-morbidities, that people with obesity face. It is unlikely you will be able to permanently lose a substantial amount of weight by dieting and exercise alone. Weight loss surgery may be an option for you.
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