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How Obesity Surgery Helps People Reclaim Their Lives

Cost of Severe Obesity

At the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, our weight loss surgeons understand that the patient has tried every possible diet imaginable before seriously considering bariatric surgery. Diet and exercise simply are not effective for achieving and maintaining significant weight loss in this severely obese. The table below shows the annual costs of obesity.

Medication $5968
Out of Pocket Med. expense $2182
Lost Revenue work missed $900
TOTAL: $9050

In the United States billions of dollars are spent annually on dieting. It is estimated that the cost of losing weight with dieting is 10 times greater/pounds lost than it is with weight loss surgery. The table below shows the annual cost of some of the more popular diets as well as the percentage of patients completing the diet for one year.

DIET % Pt. Completing 1 year WEIGHT LOST COST
Atkins 53% 4lbs $5216
Zone 65% 7lbs $4827
Weight Watchers 60% 6lbs $5025
Jenny Craig 54% 6lbs $7157
Nutrisystems 48% 5lbs $5903
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As you can see, the weight lost is extremely modest and only about half the patients are able to complete one year at dieting at cost that is quite high.
If you would like to break the cycle of weight gain and decreasing activity… If you would like to begin a New Life, please call the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery. There is hope!

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

img_1102Medical research and well designed medical studies confirm the negative impact of severe obesity on your health. Severe obesity leads directly to the development of other serious diseases (co-morbid diseases or co-morbid conditions) that lead to the premature death of over 1000 Americans daily. The severely obese are also subject to social and economic discrimination and have low quality of life scores according to published articles in the bariatric literature. Patients experience significant improvement in their quality of life with the ability to be more involved with their families and enjoy their significant others.

Weight Loss Surgery leads directly to the resolution and improvement of serious obesity-related diseases such as adult onset diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea to name a few (see our OUTCOMES). Patients also experience less restriction in their activities allowing them to have fewer boundaries socially and with employment. After Weight Loss Surgery, patients have improved self esteem, a healthier life, improved female fertility, and patients actually live longer. Nothing else in medicine has so much to offer!

Due to the exceptional aftercare program the New Life Center’s patients enjoy better long term weight loss than other centers.  With over five years of data in our database our Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass patient’s weight loss is 15% higher and our Adjustable Gastric Band patient’s weight loss is 28% better than data reported in the literature!.  We are very proud of our patients!  Gastric Bypass patients with a BMI of 40-50 have an average long term excess weight loss of 77% and Banding patients have an average long term excess weight loss of 49%.

The table below shows the rate of resolution of serious co-morbid conditions for the New Life Center’s patients!

Co-Morbid Disease Resolution Rate
Adult Onset Diabetes 97.5%
Hypertension 74.5%
Obstructive Sleep Apnea 73.7%
Hypercholesterolemia 65.5%
Gastroesophageal Reflux 71.1%

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery

Even though there are serious and potentially life threatening complications that can occur with Weight Loss Surgery, the good news is that when Weight Loss Surgery is performed in a Bariatric Center of Excellence with an experienced surgeon, properly selected patients and with a professional, experienced multidisciplinary team, then Weight Loss Surgery is safer than remaining severely obese!

Bariatric surgery has the same risks as any other major abdominal operation including bleeding, infection, accidental injury to associated organs and even death. Having said that, the severely obese are considered to be at increased risk for other complications such as blood clot formation in the deep veins of the legs and pelvis. These blood clots are known as deep venous thromboses (DVT) and are potentially lethal if the clot separates from the vein wall and is carried to the heart and lungs with the normal blood flow (this is called a pulmonary embolus or PE).

Long term complications such as malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies and anemia (low iron and blood count) result from patient’s noncompliance with medication and vitamin supplementation. Vitamin supplementation of a healthy diet is necessary to avoid serious potentially irreversible damage to the body. The recommended vitamin replacement regimen varies based on the operation that you select.

Because of these risks, Bariatric Surgery is not for everyone. Patients must resolve to make major lifestyle changes and be compliant with ALL recommendations and follow up. A partnership must develop between patient, bariatric surgeon and primary care physician in order for the patient to have the New Life they want, need and deserve.  Rates of serious complications at the New Life Center are listed in the table below.  Be sure to ask your surgeon what his complication rates are.

Complications National Average Rates New Life Center Rates
Anastomotic Leak 2.27% 0.25%
Deep Venous Thrombosis 4.8% 0.4%
Pulmonary Embolism 0.78% 0.15%
Band Slip 1.3% 1.0%
Band Erosion 1.3% 0.5%
Death (all from PE) 1.32% 0.1% (1 out of 1000 patients)
Bleeding 1.93% 0.05%

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