An estimated 97 million adults in the United States are overweight and/or obese. It is a condition in which the body mass index or BMI falls over 25 kg/m2. If a person’s BMI is between 25 to 29.9 kg/m2 he is considered to be overweight and that of an obese person’s BMI is over 30 kg/m2. (Kindly see the below chart for BMI reference). 

Obesity poses a major health risk, though noncommunicable, like cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and stroke, and osteoarthritis. It could also lead to mental illnesses such as anxiety, clinical depression, and other mental disorders. 

While there may be a lot of weight management plan that includes non-surgical procedures, some are opting to go under the knife through Bariatric Surgery. Bariatric Surgery is a procedure performed to induce weight loss. This procedure offers a long-term solution to people medically documented as severely obese with BMI above 35. 

Though Bariatric Surgery is designed for weight loss, not everyone can just walk into the doctor’s office deciding they want the surgery. Patients need to meet a certain set of criteria to be able to be considered for the surgery and most would likely undergo an extensive screening process to be qualified and must also be prepared to make drastic lifestyle changes after the surgery. The general criteria are as follows but are not limited to: 

  • With medical conditions related to obesity and having a BMI of over 35 
  • Must have tried losing weight by dieting, healthy eating, exercising, and other means that promote and would lead to losing weight 
  • The patient must be willing to attend classes to fully understand how the body will react to the surgery and for the aftercare needed for the surgery to be effective 

There are three common types of Bariatric Surgery procedures: 

  • Adjustable Gastric Band – Commonly referred to as Band Surgery. This is the most basic and easy procedure. The surgeon will place a band at the top portion of the stomach to create a smaller pouch or smaller version of a stomach. This will make the patient feel fuller faster, thus making them eat less.  
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass – Commonly referred to as Gastric Bypass. This is the procedure where the surgeon cuts through the stomach, making a small pouch or a smaller stomach that can only hold about an ounce of food. This procedure is similar to Band Surgery but instead of using a band, the surgeon will use staples making it more permanent than Band Surgery. 
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy – In this procedure, the surgeon will remove 70% of the stomach making it hold less food, and reducing the number of calories and fat absorbed by the body. This procedure is non-reversible. 

All surgeries have risks and risks may vary depending on your general health. Consulting a well-versed Bariatric Surgeon and Bariatric Center is the best way to go to ensure overall good results starting from the before, during, and after-care of surgery.  

At Doral Health and Wellness Bariatric Center, we offer a program that is not only proven to be long-term and effective but we also have a team that will not just take care of you on your journey but also offers lifelong support to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We aim to provide the best health services with the most innovative medical facility and practitioners. 

To learn more about us, you may visit or contact Doral Health &Wellness Bariatric Center at 347-868-1060.