Five tips for those considering an operation
By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.comAmerica is a fat country.
Sixty-six percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, faced with heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, many are shopping for bariatric surgery to help manage these conditions and, in some cases, cure them.
What should a consumer look for in a bariatric program? Stephen Hamn, M.D., medical director of the weight loss surgery program at Baylor Medical Center at Frisco, an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, offers these tips:
• Take your time choosing a program. Weight loss surgery is a not a magic bullet, but requires life style changes to be effective. A good-quality program will tell you up front about the different options for weight loss surgery and the post-operative work -- exercise and changes in diet -- required for each option. Weight loss surgery is not an emergency. Take time to consider at least two programs.
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