Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?
Our weight loss surgeons are the first to tell you that surgery is not for everyone. In fact, it is recommended only for those who medically qualify and only after all other traditional weight loss methods have been exhausted. But as Shelley’s success story demonstrates, bariatric surgery can be an effective and life-changing tool for those seeking a path to better health.
The Roper St. Francis Bariatric and Metabolic Services program is about much more than a surgical procedure. Our team offers a holistic approach, with a focus on patient education, expert nutrition guidance and emotional support. “They’re there for you over the long haul,” says Shelley.Bariatric surgery might be right for you if you meet the following criteria:
- a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
- a BMI of 35 or greater with other health-related medical conditions
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Setting You Up for Success
Like so many people, Shelley struggled with her weight most of her life. Thyroid issues made weight loss difficult, and carrying nearly 100 excess pounds on her small frame made exercising painful and nearly impossible. “It was a vicious circle,” she says, and one she’d watch her parents endure. Her father, who had triple heart bypass surgery and type 2 diabetes, died at age 63 of obesity-related complications, and her mother, a quadruple heart bypass patient, suffers from congestive heart failure. Shelley knew she needed help to get on a different, healthier path. Like hundreds of people struggling from health issues related to obesity and being overweight, Shelley turned to the Roper St. Francis Bariatric and Metabolic Services team for surgical weight loss options, and found the resources and support she needed. “They really set you up for life-long success,” Shelley says.