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Morbid Obesity

Morbid obesity includes those who are 50 percent to 100 percent, or 100 lbs, over their ideal weight. Excess weight takes a toll on general health by greatly increasing the risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, and certain cancers.

Losing weight takes dedication to a new lifestyle. Decreasing caloric intake and increasing activity and exercise are the cornerstones of any weight loss program. Slow, steady weight loss works best for most people instead of rapid weight loss.

There are some medications that may help with weight loss. At Tenet Florida Physicians Services, your doctor can help you decide if medication may be a good option for you. Tenet also offers bariatric surgery, known as weight loss surgery.

The general idea for all bariatric procedures is the same: reduce or adjust the size of the stomach so the patient consumes less. This stomach manipulation can be done with a medical device (gastric banding), through removal of a portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy), or by altering the small intestines into a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery). Long-term studies show that patients who have these surgeries show significant long-term weight loss, and a host of health benefits like recovery from diabetes and improvement in blood pressure and reflux disease.

Previous Page Last Review Date: January 5, 2018
Morbid Obesity Team
Erica R. Podolsky, MD, FASMBS

Erica R. Podolsky, MD, FASMBS

Bariatrics, General Surgery
Delray Beach 33446