One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is losing weight. For some, this goal can be accomplished through diet and exercise; however, for others losing weight may require more intensive approaches.
Losing a significant amount of weight can be very challenging, especially for people who are overweight or obese. Weight loss (bariatric surgery) has been proven to be a safe and effective way to overcome this challenge.
Bariatric surgery is performed on the stomach or intestines to reduce food intake or absorption, and induce weight loss. Weight loss surgery can also help those who are at risk of diabetes and hypertension to reduce their chances of developing these or other obesity-related diseases.
If you are interested in surgery, one of the first steps you should take is finding out if you are a good candidate. Surgery may be appropriate for people who:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) over 40
- Are 100 lbs. over their ideal body weight
- Are experiencing disabling pain in weight-bearing joints
- Have a BMI of 35 along with obesity-related disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or degenerative joint disease.
- Have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise but have been unsuccessful
Choosing a weight loss surgery provider that is accredited by programs such as the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) is highly recommended. This accreditation ensures that your provider follows a high standard of care.
Flushing Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center is the first Bariatric Center of Excellence accredited by the MBSAQIP. The center provides care from a multi-disciplinary group of health care practitioners who are compassionate and fully invested in helping you in every step of your weight loss journey.
To learn more about Flushing Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center, please call 718-408-6977or 718-670-8908.
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