Every year there are more deaths in the United States related to obesity than there are from colon, lung, and breast cancer combined. Michael J. Lee, M.D., Director of UT Southwestern’s Bariatric Program, offers these tips if you’re considering a surgical solution for weight loss.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee and his team of bariatric surgeons, call 214-645-8300.
The Real Problem Is Not Cosmetic
In addition to wear and tear, obesity increases your risk of developing major health problems affecting every organ system in your body. Among other things, obesity can lead to heart disease, diabetes, reﬂux disease, obstructive sleep apnea, and even cancer.
It’s Time When ...
Bariatric surgery is a highly effective tool for patients who haven’t been successful with diets and exercise. When one’s body mass index reaches a point beyond 35, it is extremely difficult to maintain long-term weight loss without bariatric surgery.
Looking Out For Your Best Interest
There are several types of bariatric operations. At UT Southwestern, the type that’s best for you is determined by you and a multidisciplinary team that includes bariatric surgeons, clinical psychologists, registered dietitians, and physician assistants — all looking out for your best interest.
Keep In Mind
Surgery helps you to curb hunger and eat less but doesn’t eliminate the work in choosing the type of food you eat. With hard work and expert guidance along the way, most patients will reach their goals within two years.
It Begins Well Before Surgery
The best patient is one who’s educated and committed and who prepares diligently in anticipation of surgery. Weight loss doesn’t begin after bariatric surgery. It begins once you’re committed and trust the process that’s been proven to work.
UT Southwestern bariatric surgeons not only treat obesity but also research causes and prevention to better understand how to achieve long-term success. Bariatric surgery is a lifelong commitment. The difference at UT Southwestern is that the care does not stop after surgery.