When The Weight Just Won’T Come Off…

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When you’ve tried and failed to lose weight repeatedly and your health is at risk, there are various surgical options. According to Alexander P. Nagle, MD, director of bariatric surgery at Northwestern University, “The most appropriate patient is someone who has made many attempts to lose weight without success, is well-educated on the nuances of surgery, and has demonstrated a history of compliance with prior weight-loss programs. They also need to be committed to the necessary post-operative lifestyle changes and follow-up that is required for a successful, long-term outcome.”

Generally, appropriate female patients are at least 80 pounds overweight, with a BMI (body mass index) of 35 to 40. Dr. Nagle continues, “The patient that is motivated by health issues, like preventing or treating medical conditions associated with obesity, is going to have a better outcome.”

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