Is Weight-loss Surgery One of Your New Year Resolutions?

Happy New Year everyone!  Here’s to a healthy and productive 2016! And if you are considering weight-loss surgery this year, now is a very good time!

A favorite question I like to ask my new patients is “How long have you been thinking about having weight-loss surgery”? This past week, nearly every new patient I saw told me that they had been contemplating surgery for 2-3 years.  To which I responded, “Why didn’t you come forward sooner”? And again, nearly every person had the same answer: they wanted to lose weight by themselves, and wanted to diet one more time to prove that they are not a failure. And most admitted that when they did try dieting again they lost 20-25 lbs, only to regain 25-30 lbs.

This is very common and is referred to as the yo-yo diet. The average person when put on any diet will lose about 20 lbs over a 6 month period of time, then they tend to gradually regain it back in 6-12 months, and then even gain more. If your BMI is 35-40 or more, the chances of you losing wight and keeping the weight off long-term is less than 5%.  It is important to try a diet one more time to see if you are in that 5%, but if you fail the diet you are not a failure. In truth, your body is working against you (this topic to be covered in a future blog). But it is a call to action; it is time to seek out surgical weight loss.

Another response for not coming forward earlier is questioning the effectiveness of weight-loss surgery. Nearly everyone has heard of someone who underwent weight-loss surgery and did not do well. That is unfortunate because the effectiveness of surgery for obesity as well as metabolic problems like diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, GERD, and osteoarthritis due to excess weight is undeniable. Remission for diabetes can be as high as 85%, remission for hypertension 65%, and remission for obstructive sleep apnea 60%. Patients who undergo surgery typically lose 70% of their excess weight which has a very favorable impact on joint and back issues. And the bariatric procedures have been found to be safer than having your gallbladder or appendix removed.

Weight-loss surgery success is dependent on three factors:

  1. A comprehensive, multidisciplinary bariatric program with a strong aftercare program.
  2. Surgeons who are well trained and experienced.
  3. A highly motivated patient ready to make a commitment to their success.

At the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute we have a very comprehensive program with dedicated and experienced surgeons. If you are ready to make a strong commitment for long-term weight loss, we can almost guarantee your success.

In the next few blogs, we’ll go over the various bariatric operations and highlight their pros and cons. We have had a lot of interest about the use of the da Vinci Robot for bariatrics. I am fast approaching my 100th case and have found the da Vinci Robot technology to provide a definite improvement over laparoscopic technology. The procedures are completed in about the same time with the capability of 3D visualization and more precise use of instruments. My observations are that patients have less pain post-operatively, less bleeding during the procedure, which often translates into a shorter hospital stay. The use of the da Vinci Robot in bariatrics is definitely a step-up when compared to laparoscopic technologies.

If you would like to schedule a consult with us, please call 303-861-4505 or visit our website at www.coloradobariatric.com to learn more. Happy New Year! We would be pleased to help you get your new year headed in a positive direction!

Dr. Tom Brown

Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute, PC