Obesity rates have risen to epidemic levels in the United States. Almost one-third of the adult population in the U.S. (32%) is considered obese.
We know that adoption of a healthy diet and exercise works for some individuals; but for many others, traditional approaches are unsuccessful for morbidly obese patients to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Weight loss surgery has improved the quality of life of many people suffering from obesity -- now officially classified as a disease by the AMA.
Candidacy depends on certain criteria, including a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher and if your insurance will cover the cost.
Weight loss surgery can help you have a new beginning in life, but post surgery requires a commitment to eat healthier, exercise more and maintain a support system with your doctors, family and friends to help you stay on track.
Robert Bell, MD, has expertise in bariatric surgery for morbid obesity, "I am passionate about improving the quality of life for people who are morbidly obese and unable to lose weight with diet and exercise," says Dr. Bell.
Dr. Bell breaks down the benefits of each surgery, symptoms, risk, cost and the success rate.