Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital July 9, 2014
Obesity is a major public health problem in the United States and throughout the world. In the U.S., it is estimated there are up to 20 million morbidly obese people (body mass index (BMI) greater than 40). Morbid obesity can lead to many other health issues, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. These patients also may be at increased risk for certain types of cancer, endocrine problems, skin problems, and joint and bone pain.
Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) can help patients with a BMI greater than 40, or a BMI greater than 35 with co-existing health conditions, lose weight and improve their overall health, including remission of type 2 diabetes, reductions in high blood pressure, and improvement in female fertility.
Dr. Scott Shikora, Director of the Center for Metabolic Health and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital discusses bariatric surgery options for weight loss and metabolic treatment in obese patients.
- The Unexpected Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
- Obesity Treatment – Evaluating Your Options
- Bariatric Surgery: It’s Not Just about the Weight Loss