Crash diets. Sensible diets. Exercise too. You’ve tried to lose weight — repeatedly — and you still can’t seem to make progress. Rather than dropping pounds, you might even be adding them. So now you may wonder if weight loss surgery may be the next step for you.
“Bariatric surgery is an option if you have severe obesity and have not been able to lose enough weight to improve your health using other methods or have serious obesity-related health problems,” said Archbold Memorial Hospital general and bariatric surgeon Katie Hanisee, MD. “But bariatric surgery is still major surgery and the decision to proceed is a serious one.”
Bariatric surgery candidates must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater or a BMI of 35 with a serious obesity-related medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure. The surgery is only an option if it’s unlikely you’ll trim down any other way.
“Weight loss surgery can result in rapid, significant weight loss and a dramatic improvement in health,” said Dr. Hanisee. “But understanding the permanent lifestyle changes you will need to make is important before making such a major decision.”
On June 19, as part of Archbold’s continuing Health Talk free community lecture series, Dr. Hanisee will present “Is weight loss surgery the answer for you?. Program criteria and specific surgery information will be discussed.
Dr. Hanisee is the only fellowship trained general and bariatric surgery in the region and practices at Archbold’s South Georgia Surgical Associates. She is also the medical director for Archbold’s Bariatric Weight Management Program, the only bariatric program in the area performing local surgery. The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in the Williams Auditorium located in the East Tower of Archbold Memorial Hospital. Dinner will be served. Pre-registration is required; call (229) 584-5520 or visit www.archbold.org/healthtalk.