Surgical Weight Loss: Why Bariatric Surgery Might Be For You

More and more often, surgical weight loss is a potential option for those needing assistance in losing weight. Dr. Melanie Hafford serves as Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving’s bariatric surgeon and has helped hundreds of individuals lose weight through a variety of surgical weight loss procedures. Oftentimes, patients have many questions about surgical weight loss or think that surgical weight loss might not be suitable for them. However, bariatric surgery is a viable option for many individuals and the majority of worries about surgical weight loss are misconceptions.

Dr. Hafford offers a number of surgical weight loss options. The most common procedures are lap band, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy. Each procedure offers various pros and cons, but all will help patients lose weight. The best way to figure out which surgical weight loss procedure is right for you is to talk to our Irving bariatric specialist. Her experience allows her to recommend the right procedure for your situation.

So who should have bariatric surgery? There are many misconceptions about weight loss surgery. Many people are nervous that bariatric surgery could be dangerous; however, it is actually much more dangerous to be overweight. Losing weight and achieving a healthy body mass index (BMI) reduces your long-term mortality rate by up to 89%!

There is also a misconception that weight loss surgery is simply for those individuals who are “too lazy” to lose the weight on their own through diet and exercise. However, the National Institutes of Health believes that long-term weight loss is almost impossible for those who are severely obese unless they elect to have bariatric surgery. Proper diet can work to a certain extent, but only bariatric surgery helps obese individuals lose weight and keep it off.

How effective is bariatric surgery at helping individuals lose weight? Individuals who get bariatric surgery are more likely to maintain successful weight loss long-term. Depending on the procedure, patients might lose up to 80% of their excess weight. If patients do gain weight back, they typically only see an increase of 5% of their new weight.

Ultimately, the best way to decide if you are a candidate for surgical weight loss is to talk to our expert. Dr. Hafford takes time to listen to each of her patients and develop a plan to help them achieve the best results. She understands that healthcare is about the individual, and with something as personal as weight loss, Dr. Hafford creates personalized plans and addresses any concerns the patient might have.

If you are ready to begin your journey to a healthier weight, it is time to contact Dr. Hafford. Set up an appointment by calling 972-823-3230, or learn more about Dr. Hafford and her team by visiting Hafford Bariatrics online.


Medical Risk Asseessment in Post-Op Patients with Waist/Hip Ratio and Waist Circumference

A new study might help doctors identify risk factors in patients that undergo elective colorectal surgery, hopefully cutting down on mortality and morbidity after surgery. Previously, doctors relied on BMI (body mass index) to help them identify patients that have higher risk of mortality and morbidity.

A new study, published in Annals of Surgery, reveals that waist circumference and waist/hip ratio might be a better factor to help doctors determine risks. This latest revelation came about thanks to advances in the study of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. To challenge the reliance on BMI as a predictive risk indicator, the study examined a total of 1,349 patients who had operations in 38 centers in 11 countries.

The study found that increasing waist/hip ratio significantly raised the risk of a number of complications. While BMI still could be used to determine risk factors, it was only a reliable predictor for abdominal wall complications, whereas waist/hip ratio and waist circumference helped doctors identify risk factors in other complications. The study concludes that “WHR [waist/hip ratio] is predictive of adverse events after elective colorectal surgery.”

As medicine continues to advance through technology and scientific study, doctors will be able to more accurately predict potential complications of surgery. Our doctors at MSCI are always looking out for new studies like this that help improve our ability to assist patients and improve their quality of life. It’s a commitment we make to our Irving, Texas, community: we don’t just want to better your health; we want to get better at treating you as well.