Fremont Area Medical Center

SUM 2013

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H E A L T H Y W E I G H T Bariatric surgery: Evaluating risk vs. reward hen all else fails in the battle to drop those extra pounds that push your weight into the obese range, it may be time to take a look at bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery reduces the size of your stomach, restricting the amount of food it can hold and accelerating the speed at which food moves through your digestive system. This, in turn, reduces the absorption of calories into your body. Bariatric surgery isn't recommended as a first or even second step to lose large amounts of weight, but it can be an excellent final option for some people, say physicians. W By Erik Cassano 30 SPI RIT O F WOM EN S U M M E R 2 013 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m WHO CAN BENEFIT? "Generally, candidates for bariatric surgery will have a BMI [body mass index] of 40 or over, or a BMI of 35 or over, plus weight-related medical problems such as diabetes or obstructive sleep apnea," says Dr. Ben Shadle, a bariatric surgeon at Dignity Health in Sacramento, Calif. "Many of the people we've seen have spent 10 years or longer yo-yo dieting, where they'll lose weight,

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