Bariatric Weight-Loss Clinic in Fort Worth, TX
The comprehensive bypass weight-loss surgery program at Medical City Alliance incorporates medical, nutritional, psychological and surgical components. This process begins by providing patients with a multidisciplinary support team to evaluate patients prior to surgery and provide customized follow-up treatment and education afterward. This process helps patients adopt the permanent lifestyle changes necessary for a successful, long-term outcome.
Obesity results from an accumulation of fat that is out of proportion to the body’s skeletal and physical standards. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a surplus of 20 percent is the point at which excess weight becomes a health risk.
Weight Loss Surgery Weight loss surgery is a major undertaking. Its growing use to treat morbid obesity is the result of several factors:
Growing knowledge of the significant health risks of morbid obesity.
- The relatively low rate of complications associated with the procedures versus not having the surgery.
- The ineffectiveness of current nonsurgical approaches in producing sustained weight loss.
Surgery should be viewed first and foremost as a method for alleviating a debilitating, chronic disease. The minimum qualification to be considered a surgery candidate is a body weight 100 pounds above that considered ideal for a given height, or a Body Mass Index of 40 or greater. A BMI of 35 or higher qualifies if the patient also has an obesity–related health condition that creates a medical need for weight reduction which can only be accomplished through surgery.
Obesity and Morbid Obesity
Today, 97 million Americans – more than one–third of the nation’s adult population – are overweight or obese. Of these, an estimated 5 to 10 million are considered “morbidly obese.”
Obesity becomes “morbid” when it threatens to trigger one or more health conditions or serious diseases (referred to as “co–morbidities”) that may result in significant physical disability or even death.
Morbid obesity is usually defined in terms of:
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher
- A body weight 100 pounds or more above the threshold considered optimal for a given height
According to a NIH Consensus Report, morbid obesity is a serious disease that warrants aggressive treatment. It is also a chronic disease, meaning that the symptoms of obesity become increasingly debilitating the longer it persists.