Published on November 27, 2012

Dr. Miro Uchal & Patient Discuss Benefits of Bariatric Surgery


Obesity is a chronic and progressive disease that can affect multiple organs in the body.  People with clinically severe obesity are at risk of disability or premature death.  Common conditions caused or made worse by obesity include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Joint problems
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea
  • Breathing difficulties


30% of American adults are obese.  Anyone who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30 is considered obese and anyone who has a BMI over 40 is considered morbidly obese.   If your body mass index falls into either of these categories, you could be eligible for weight loss surgery.


Types of Bariatric Surgery

  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery 

Surgical weight loss has proven to resolve type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea and high cholesterol.  Patients have more energy, confidence, improved socialization and increased mobility.  It gives you that first good step in a positive direction and then it’s easier to eat better, eat healthier, eat less and exercise.  It’s about changing the lifestyle.  By the way, St. Vincent’s does accept an array of insurances.

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