JOSE ERBELLA, M.D., FACS
General, Oncologic & Minimally Invasive Surgeries
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WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
It is estimated that at least half of the American adult population is currently overweight or obese. While the media and marketers often focus on the cosmetic issues associated with a person’s weight, even more important is the fact that this obesity epidemic is threatening the health and lives of millions of Americans. Fortunately, weight loss surgery is a safe and effective treatment option offering relief and hope for people suffering from obesity.
OBESITY AND HEALTH
Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat, which is most often determined using Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is calculated using a person’s height and weight, with a BMI over 30 being considered obese and a BMI over 35 being considered severely obese. Weight loss surgery is generally recommended for people with a BMI of at least 35 or people who already suffer from one or more comorbidities.
Comorbidities, or obesity-related health problems, may include:
• High blood pressure
• Sleep apnea
• High cholesterol
• Type 2 diabetes
• Gallbladder disease
• Fatty liver disease
Weight loss surgery can help people reduce their risk for future health problems and resolve symptoms of existing problems by producing significant and long-lasting weight loss results.
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY IN BRADENTON, SARASOTA, AND THE FLORIDA GULF COAST
There are multiple types of weight loss surgery available today, including gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding, or LAP-BAND surgery. I offer the LAP-BAND surgery. This procedure is less invasive than other bariatric surgeries and is completely reversible.
Contact my office today to learn more about LAP-Band surgery and whether weight loss surgery may be right for you.
Photo of the LAP-BAND system