Bariatrics & Weight Loss
The Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Bariatric Program
offers both medical and surgical weight-loss solutions for those suffering from obesity.
Obesity is a serious health problem in the United States alone, affecting 60 million Americans, with six million of those considered severely or morbidly obese. Obesity has been associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and depression. With statistics like these, management of obesity is more important than ever.
What Is Morbid Obesity?
"Morbid obesity" is a clinical term for a medical condition. It is not meant to be an offensive term, but to some it is. Obesity is excess body weight resulting from eating too much and exercising too little. For some it may be caused by genetic factors. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death. It may soon become the number one cause overtaking cigarette smoking. Obesity is now considered a chronic medical disease with serious health cost.
Morbid obesity is linked with progressive, serious diseases called co-morbidities such as:
- Adult onset diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Osteoarthritis of weight bearing joints
- Sleep apnea or other respiratory problems
- Acid reflux (heartburn)
- Certain types of cancer
- Skin disease
- Urination problems
- Other serious disorders
Many morbidly obese individuals have tried to lose weight by:
- Behavioral modifications
- Weight loss programs
If you have tried these methods and failed, you may be a surgical candidate.