A special message from Shanu Kothari, MD, President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS):

Weight-loss surgery, also known as metabolic and bariatric surgery, can dramatically improve your health and change your life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is a disease that affects more than 4 in 10 Americans and has been linked to more than 40 other life-threatening diseases including type 2 diabetes and most recently, severe COVID-19. For many people, the most effective long-term treatment for obesity is weight-loss surgery, which has been shown to produce significant weight loss and prevent, improve or resolve many other diseases. And it's safer than ever. Studies have shown weight-loss surgery is as safe as or safer than some of the most commonly performed operations in the United States including gallbladder surgery, hip replacement surgery and even appendectomy. Do your research right here on WebMD or visit www.asmbs.org, and then talk to your doctor to see if weight-loss surgery is right for you.

5 Reasons to Consider Weight-Loss Surgery Now.

  1. Where Diets Fail, Weight-Loss Surgery Works
  2. People with obesity often find themselves feeling as if they're trapped in an endless cycle of dieting without success. Studies show that for most people with severe obesity, the likelihood of even a 5% reduction in weight without weight-loss surgery is 1 in 8 for men and 1 in 7 for women – low odds. Weight-loss surgery can help you beat the odds. It is recognized as the most effective treatment for severe obesity, helping most people lose significant weight, have fewer heart attacks, resolve or eliminate their diabetes and live longer, healthier lives.

  3. Send your Type 2 Diabetes into Remission
  4. Weight-loss surgery is increasingly becoming known as metabolic or diabetes surgery for its remarkable impact on type 2 diabetes. Studies show diabetes surgery improves or puts into remission the disease in nearly 90 percent of patients. Patients who have had diabetes for less than five years and have weight loss after surgery are the most likely to completely eliminate diabetes and never again need medication to control it.

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  5. Weight-Loss Surgery is Safer than Ever
  6. Advances in surgical techniques and new technologies have made weight-loss surgery as safe as some of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S. including gallbladder surgery, appendectomy and knee replacement. Nearly all weight-loss surgery procedures are performed through a few tiny incisions, allowing most patients to return to work within one to two weeks.

  7. Be There for Your Children
  8. Those who treat their obesity with weight-loss surgery live longer. One study found weight-loss surgery reduces the risk of early death by 89 percent. Patients also have a more than 90 percent reduction in death from diabetes and a greater than 50 percent reduction in death from heart disease. Meanwhile, untreated obesity is associated with a 50-100% increased risk of death.

  9. Improve Your Quality of Life
  10. In addition to improved health and longevity, weight-loss surgery also significantly improves mobility, sexual function and self-esteem. Depression and anxiety are also significantly reduced.

Are You Eligible for Weight-Loss Surgery?

Most health insurers will cover weight-loss surgery for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more or a BMI of 35 with an obesity-related condition or disease such as diabetes.

Quality Matters

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) recommends patients explore their options with their physicians and consult with a bariatric surgeon who is part of a nationally accredited bariatric surgery center where a team of health professionals can review your individual risks and benefits of surgery and support you through your weight loss journey. Accreditation means quality.

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