Bariatric Surgery Rideout

Adventist Health and Rideout Bariatric & General Surgery

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If you are considering bariatric surgery, we commend your desire to improve your life. Surgical weight loss surgery can be a crucial step to helping you regain your health and well-being. It’s a proven option for treating obesity when more conservative measures such as diet, exercise and medication have failed. It can also contribute significantly to resolving other health issues and regaining your quality of life.

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Bariatric surgery is most successful when accompanied by lifestyle changes, including changes in eating habits and physical activity. Our goal is to provide you with the support you need, every step of the way.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery, and the lifestyle changes required to achieve your goals, requires a serious commitment on your part. But your commitment also comes with a promise from us to do everything we can to help you succeed. You have a team of physicians and health professionals on your side, there to help you every step of the way.

Adventist Health Rideout General Surgery and Bariatric Clinic is a reputable health care group that provides superior health care for the health and wellness needs of our patients.

Our board-certified surgeon is trained in advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive procedures.

High blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, elevated cholesterol and emotional well-being are just a few of the complications faced by people who are obese. According to the National Institute of Health, obesity affects one in three adults in the U.S. Fortunately, weight loss surgery combined with lifestyle changes, can help people struggling with obesity get the long-term weight loss they need to aid them in leading a longer and healthier life.

Are You a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?It may be right for you if
- You are 18 years or older
- You are at least 80 pounds overweight (depending on other health conditions)
- You have made repeated, medically documented attempts at nonsurgical weight loss and have failed
- Your Body Mass Index is greater than 35. You are medically stable and physically able to withstand surgery
- You complete all required pre-operative testing and requirements

If you are greater than 500 pounds, or are a female with a BMI greater than 60, or a male with a BMI greater than 55, we will assist you with preoperative weight loss. Weight reduction prior to bariatric surgery decreases the risk of developing complications both during surgery and in the immediate postoperative period.

Even if you meet the criteria, you may not be a good candidate for surgery based on certain inherited and acquired diseases or other risks which include but are not limited to:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Leukemia
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Active Hepatitis B
  • Cirrhosis
  • Active alcohol or drug abuse
  • Untreated psychiatric disorders

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