For many severely overweight people, repeated attempts at diet and exercise have been unsuccessful. This often results in frustration and a sense of hopelessness. Furthermore, obesity is associated with many health conditions, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, which have been shown to reduce life span. If you or someone you know has been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise or a medical weight loss management program, help is available. Weight-loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, may be an appropriate option.
Akron General has a dedicated, knowledgeable and sensitive team of weight-loss specialists who are here to support you and help you find the best, and most healthy, solutions for your weight-loss difficulties. With help from our specialists in sleep disorders, gastroenterology and nutrition, cardiology, internal medicine, psychology and other obesity-related fields, as needed, our patients receive the support they need for a permanent return to health.
Our Bariatric Center is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint project of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). MBSAQIP accreditation means you have access to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success.
Am I a candidate?
You could be a candidate for surgical weight loss if you meet any of the following criteria:
- You are more than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight.
- You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40
- You have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe, negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight.
- You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically-supervised dieting.
Considering bariatric weight-loss surgery?
Attend one of our free bariatric information sessions, which are designed to help you make an informed decision about weight-loss surgery. Listen to one of our Cleveland Clinic Akron General surgeons describe morbid obesity and the surgical options used to treat this disease.
Additionally, we offer a monthly bariatric support group for patients who have already had surgery.
Our Bariatric Center offers a comprehensive program that includes educational classes, medically supervised weight loss and monthly support group sessions. For many severely overweight people, repeated attempts at diet and exercise have been unsuccessful. Surgical treatment for weight loss may be recommended for those with morbid obesity, or people with severe obesity who have obesity-related health problems. We off an array of surgical approaches for the treatment of obesity. Most patients go home the very next day.
Our staff includes board-certified surgeons and nurse practitioners, as well as a dedicated team of dietitians, psychologists, registered nurses, health and fitness professionals and surgical technicians. Additionally, we work closely with your primary care doctor, as well as any appropriate specialists, who could include gastroenterology, endocrinology, cardiology, internal medicine and other obesity-related fields
To find out more about how Akron General can help you reach your weight loss goals, please call 330.344.1950.