When you’re obese and struggling to lose weight, bariatric surgery may help restore your health and lower your risks for disease. Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, offer multiple options for bariatric surgery at their office in Houston to help you gain control of your weight and improve your overall health. For a consultation regarding weight loss surgery, call the office or schedule your appointment online.
Bariatric surgery refers to a group of procedures that alter your digestive system to limit your food and calorie intake and help you lose weight.
You may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. BMI is a way of assessing whether you’re in a healthy weight range for your height. Bariatric surgery may still be an ideal treatment if your BMI is 35-39 and you have obesity-related health problems that increase your health risks.
To qualify for bariatric surgery, the team performs an extensive assessment of your health to ensure you can benefit from this treatment.
It’s important to note that for you to experience the best outcomes after bariatric surgery, you must be committed to lifestyle changes that include dietary changes and exercise. Bariatric surgery alone doesn’t ensure weight loss.
The purpose of weight loss surgery is more about improving your health and less about your overall appearance. Obesity is a significant risk factor of the leading causes of death in the United States and worldwide: diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
Obesity also raises your risk of other health problems, including:
The changes that your body undergoes after bariatric surgery can lower your health risks significantly, by reducing your BMI and decreasing the overall stress that extra weight places on your body.
The team offers several bariatric surgery options, which each serve to decrease the amount of food and calories you can consume, potentially leading to dramatic weight loss. Surgery options include:
After your bariatric surgery, ongoing support and education are essential for effective and successful weight loss and ideal outcomes. The team at Philip L. Leggett, MD, is with you every step of the way.
To see if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, call or schedule an appointment online.