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Getting Started

Is Bariatric Surgery Right For You?

Not every overweight person is a candidate for weight loss surgery. Our team will help determine the best option for you. The first task is to determine your current weight condition. Being overweight is defined as weighing 10 to 20 pounds more than the recommended weight for your height. Obesity is often defined as being 20 to 30 percent over ideal body weight. Morbid obesity is a more severe form of obesity in which an individual is 100 pounds or more overweight.

Many medical problems are caused or made worse by obesity, which can lead to more serious issues such as heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

Bariatric surgery of various types has been available for more than 25 years. New advances have improved its success rate and offer real hope for severely obese patients who have failed with diet, exercise, and behavior modification.

What are the criteria for having bariatric surgery?

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or;
  • BMI between 35 and 39.9, with significant obesity-related medical problems
  • A long-standing history of obesity with multiple failed attempts at weight loss in the past, preferably with organized, medically supervised programs
  • Between 18 and 60 years of age (patients outside this age range may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Not be actively smoking or abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Commit to long-term follow up and lifestyle modifications



For More Information

To register for the free seminar or for additional information about the bariatric program, e-mail Misty Willis at mfwillis@phoebesumter.org or call 229-931-1152.