Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is a proven method to combat the disease of obesity.
“One of the main reasons patients choose to have weight loss surgery is because they have been unsuccessful in losing weight in other ways,” said Amir Heydari, MD, FACS, FASMBS, a general bariatric surgeon specializing in weight loss surgery at Centegra Physician Care. “There are many patients who could benefit from this proven method of getting rid of their weight and medical problems. Yet, many don’t choose to have weight loss surgery, and I believe it’s because of fear.”
It has been proven that weight loss surgery is safer than many other surgeries in patients who are morbidly obese, Dr. Heydari said. Ideal candidates are patients with a BMI of more than 40, or a BMI of more than 35 if they also have weight-related health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea or arthritis.
“It is well known that obesity is a chronic problem, so it is so important for our patients to be in a comprehensive program that offers a variety of different services to support them before and after surgery,” Dr. Heydari said. “This is not just about weight loss; it is also about weight maintenance. Offering a complete program helps patients achieve success. In our health system, we absolutely do that.”
Centegra Physician Care specialists have performed more than 4,000 weight loss surgeries since 2002, with no mortality. “Our patients know when they come to us, they become a part of our family from the beginning,” said Dr. Heydari. “They get wonderful pre-operative education, a high-quality surgery, and support the rest of their life, if needed.” Centegra Physician Care also offers revision surgery for patients who may have had a previous weight loss surgery elsewhere but are now struggling.
Call 877.CENTEGRA (236.8347) or visit centegrahealthyliving.com to sign up for a no-cost weight loss surgery information session.
Centegra Physician Care-McHenry : 4309 Medical Center Drive, McHenry, Illinois 60050 :
815.338.6600 : centegra.org