Obesity is a metabolic disorder. A cluster of conditions that occur together, which are referred to as metabolic diseases, increase chance of developing a risk of heart disease, and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. Several “metabolic” diseases and conditions are associated with severe obesity including Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, excess body fat around the waist, abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels, polycystic ovaries (PCOS) and gastroesophageal reflux.
A person who has metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who doesn’t have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic risk factors include:
A large waistline | A high triglyceride level | A low HDL cholesterol level | High blood pressure | High fasting blood sugar
Bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss tool with positive, durable results and unparalleled effects on reducing the metabolic syndrome and obesity-related death.
At Citizens Specialty Hospital, we offer individualized treatment plans to patients with obesity, diabetes and other metabolic conditions. Using minimally invasive techniques and small abdominal incisions, patients experience less postoperative pain and scarring, a faster recovery and a more rapid return to normal daily activity.
Bariatric surgery has been shown to produce substantial durable weight loss and improve or cure many of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome including type II diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and hyperlipidemia. Patients with metabolic failure who do not have surgery have decreased life expectancy due to their comorbid disease.