At Coast Surgery we believe in a holistic approach to the complex problem of obesity. Weight loss surgery is part of the solution, and with our team of dieticians, psychologists, physicians and exercise specialists, we provide a tailored solution to help you look forward to a healthier future.
What is Obesity?
Obesity is a chronic condition in which a person has excess body fat and is usually defined by an individuals Body Mass Index (BMI). An adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. Obesity can be caused by a combination of factors including genetics, appetite, physical activity, medications, psychological and emotional conditions.
Health Risks of Obesity
In addition to the emotional and social toll obesity can have on an individual, it increases the risk of developing serious health conditions, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, sleep apnoea, gallstones, osteoarthritis, infertility or irregular periods.
Am I a candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
Generally, if you have a BMI over 35 and suffer from a related serious health problem, or have a BMI over 40 you are eligible for surgery. If you have attempted diets, weight loss products and medications but still struggle to break free and maintain a healthy weight then Bariatric (weight loss) surgery may be the option for you.
What are the treatment options?
While diet and exercise can reduce weight in some individuals, the reduction is not sustainable. Many studies comparing non-surgical treatment to weight loss surgery show that surgery is a more durable option in not only weight loss control but decreases the risk of serious health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnoea and musculoskeletal pain.