Weight Loss Surgery 101
Commonly referred to as weight loss surgery, bariatric surgery facilitates accelerated weight loss for obese and morbidly obese patients. Since the 1950s when the first bariatric procedure was performed, many advancements have been made in the field. Since Dr. Korman specializes in bariatric surgery, he is trained to perform the most up to date, state of the art procedures to deliver maximum results for his patients.
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, weight loss surgery is recommended for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or for patients with a BMI of 35-40 who suffer from existing comorbidities. These include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, and sleep apnea (this is out of 60 medical conditions according to News Medical Life Sciences).
While weight loss surgery can be highly effective, it is important to remember that these procedures are a tool for weight loss. Patients who undergo a weight loss procedure are at the start of their journey, not the end. Post-procedure, patients must implement a healthy diet and exercise program for permanent success. By attending group sessions and nutritional counseling, patients can increase their chances of long term weight loss.
Weight Loss Surgery Statistics:
89% of gastric bypass patients may see an improved life expectancy*
Patients may reduce risk of premature death by 30-40%*
On average, five years after surgery, patients maintain 50% of their excess weight loss*
Bariatric surgery improves Type 2 Diabetes in almost 90% of patients.*
*Cited from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS.org)
To learn more about weight loss surgery from Dr. Korman directly, schedule an appointment by calling our office at 310-577-5540 or schedule an appointment online.