Choosing Bariatric Surgery
Why Choose Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery?
Surgical weight loss is medically necessary because it is the only way for most people suffering from clinically severe obesity to lose weight for the long term. Bariatric surgery can lead to a healthier weight, decrease the likelihood of developing certain illnesses and improve quality of life.
If you already suffer from an obesity-related condition, bariatric surgery can improve and even reverse these conditions. These health concerns associated with obesity include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heartburn, sleep problems, hernia, fatty deposits in the blood, osteoarthritis and certain cancers.
How do I know I qualify?
Bariatric, or weight loss surgery, may be an option for those individuals who are extremely, or morbidly, obese. This means being 100 pounds or more overweight and having a body mass index, or BMI, greater than 40 or having a BMI of 35 to 39.99 accompanied by an obesity-related medical condition like diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea.
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If you are uncertain if you qualify or if you would like more specific information, you can call the St. Luke's Bariatric Services line at 610-628-8315 to speak with a team member at the hospital. If you want to register for one of our free informational seminars, please call St. Luke's InfoLink toll free at 866-STLUKES (785-8537) or email InfoLink@slhn.org. If you need to speak with the surgeon's office staff please call 484-426-2600.
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