Is weight loss surgery right for you?

It seems that new weight loss solutions are emerging all the time, and the variety of options advertised in the media can seem confusing at times. Most experts agree that the number of people who suffer from obesity in the US continues to grow. More significantly the proportion of people who reach high levels of obesity is also growing at a fast pace. This dangerous level of obesity, also known as morbid obesity is associated with onset of dangerous diseases like diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. Many studies have also suggested a link between morbid obesity and early death. Currently the best and most effective treatment for morbid obesity is bariatric weight loss surgery. Over the past few years weight loss surgery has moved to the forefront of the nationwide battle with obesity, yielding excellent results and giving many people a chance to start a new, healthier life after years of struggle.

Have you wanted to lose significant weight and wondered how to do it? Have you been considering weight loss surgery and wondering if it is right for you? Although these questions are best answered by consulting a specialist, here are some points that can give you an initial idea on whether or not bariatric surgery is the way to go:

  • Are you between 18 and 70 years of age?
  • Are you at least 100 pounds overweight?
  • Is your Body Mass Index (BMI) 40 or more?
  • Has your excess weight caused any serious health problems?
  • Have you made consistent, professionally assisted efforts to lose weight through diet and exercise?
  • Have you been overweight for at least five years?

If you answered “yes” to most of the questions above, you might be a good candidate for a bariatric procedure, however the ultimate decision can only be made by a qualified specialist after a thorough evaluation.

With bariatric weight loss surgery especially trained surgeons, known as bariatric surgeons perform surgery to decrease the size of the stomach and reduce the amount of food that is absorbed by the body. There are several types of operations for weight loss surgery. The three most commonly undertaken procedures in the US are –

Each procedure has its own strengths and drawbacks. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery and which procedure is best suited, is to consult with an experienced bariatric surgeon.

Please remember that a successful weight loss surgery is only the beginning of a long-term solution. It’s important to understand that only a faithful, consistent effort will bring lasting results. That is why our team at CHRIAS is dedicated to creating an all-inclusive support system for our patients. To help you achieve your goal, we have developed a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to weight loss. We encourage our patients to take advantage of our free seminars and support groups, as well as enlist the input of the psychologists, nutritionists and endocrinologists that work with us, to help you along the way.

The bariatric surgeons at Chrias, Dr Irgau, Dr Wynn and Dr Peters have performed over four thousand bariatric weight loss surgeries with great success. The Chrias surgeons were the first surgeons to perform laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Gastric band and Sleeve gastrectomy in the state of Delaware. Chrias surgeons started and set up advanced bariatric surgery programs in the two of the largest health institutions in the state of Delaware, Christiana Care Health Services and Saint Francis Hospital. This has led both institutions to earn the prestigious status of Center Of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery in conjunction with the Chrias surgeons.

Call our offices today at 302-892-9900 to schedule a private consultation with our specialists at CHRIAS. Our surgeons and staff at have a vast experience in weight loss management and are committed to help you find the best solution that will open up the door to your new life.

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