Bariatric Surgery and a Better Life

People who weigh more than what is normal for a person’s height is considered overweight or under extreme circumstances can be considered obese. Weight is normally calculated by finding a person’s Body Mass Index, BMI, by taking the persons weight in kilograms divided by their height in meters. BMI is used to estimate if a person can be considered overweight or obese. According to data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2013-2014:

  • More than 1 in 3 adults were considered overweight.
  • More than 2 in 3 adults were considered overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults were considered obese.
  • About 1 in 13 adults were considered extremely obese.
  • About 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 were considered obese.

Due to weight, many American’s have had to consider using bariatric surgery to help them lose weight. Bariatric Surgery, otherwise known as weight loss surgery, is one of the few weight loss procedures that have proven to be successful. Bariatric surgery refers to any form of surgery that is performed around the stomach or intestines to help with weight loss.

At Strategic Health and Wellness, we believe that anyone can be a candidate for weight loss surgery. If someone’s BMI is considered obese, they have weight related conditions, and if this person is ready to commit to lifestyle changes it is a great opportunity to come and see us to talk about weight loss surgery. Strategic Health and Wellness offers different forms of Bariatric Surgery to accommodate each patient individually, what we offer is:

  • Gastric Bypass
  • Sleeve
  • Gastric Band
  • Duodenal Switch

Each of these options are discussed with patients to find the best fit for every situation. Bariatric Surgery is not only a tool to lose weight but after surgery is performed, patients find that weight loss surgery has many benefits for an improved quality of life, provides example like:

  • Not needing to use an extender belt on an airplane.
  • The ability to shave without needing to struggle or using a mirror.
  • Taking pictures now does not equal embarrassment.

Bariatric Surgery also helps improve medical problems like:

  • Arthritis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • High Blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 Diabetes

With all the benefits that come with having a surgery, there are also risks that must be discussed. Bariatric surgery can help someone’s daily life but it is also accompanied with risks, lists some of the risks that can happen:

  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Blood clots
  • Lung or breathing problems
  • Leaks in gastrointestinal system
  • A rare case also may include death

Depending on the surgery performed, long term risks and complications may occur. These may include:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Dumping syndrome, causing diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Gallstones
  • Hernias
  • Low blood sugar
  • Malnutrition
  • Stomach perforation
  • Ulcers
  • Vomiting
  • In rare occasions possibly, death

At Strategic Health and Wellness, we believe that we are capable in helping patients achieve the best lifestyle possible. We help guide each patient in this long process starting from before surgery to years after. We believe in the experience that our employees have. For example, Hailey has 15 years of experience and is ready and willing to help every patient achieve their best life.  Strategic Health and Wellness help with exercise planning, pre- and post-surgery education, monitoring overall health/ weight related conditions, hormone and vitamin optimization for improved long-term results. Risks come with all surgeries and should not deter someone from considering a surgery that can lead to an improved lifestyle and brighter future.


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