What Options Do I Have?

Often, dieting and exercise alone cannot successfully treat morbid obesity. Therefore, an increasing number of people are choosing an alternative approach – morbid obesity surgery. AtlantiCare’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness uses three surgical methods considered effective by the National Institutes of Health:

What Are the Qualifications for Morbid Obesity Surgery (Surgical Weight Loss)?

While each candidate for morbid obesity surgery is considered individually, the following are general guidelines:

  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater for at least five years; or
  • A BMI of 35 to 39, with significant medical complications related to obesity (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, diabetes, osteoarthritis, gastroesophageal reflux/heart burn);

Inability to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically supervised dieting.

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