Weight Loss Surgery

When weight becomes a problem

If excess weight is affecting your quality of life and your health, bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) could help you reach a healthier weight. This surgery changes your digestive system and the way your body deals with calories, but for it to work you must change your lifestyle and your eating habits. In some cases the surgery is not reversible.

Health risks of obesity

Obesity is measured using a formula called Body Bass Index (BMI). A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 25, a BMI of 30 or more signals obesity, while one higher than 40 is called morbid obesity.

Being overweight can lead to significant health problems, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke
  • Breathing problems, including sleep apnoea (temporary cessation of breathing when asleep)
  • Back pain and joint problems
  • Cancers
  • Skin, incontinence and menstrual problems
  • Depression
  • Hiatus Hernia with acid reflux (leaking of acid from stomach into the gullet)

Treatment is available

If you are obese, surgery may help you lose weight and keep it off. But surgery alone does not guarantee success. You also need to change what you eat and become more active. We can help you reach your goal, but you are in charge of your own success.