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Why Choose Surgery?

Obesity has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. Today more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and many also suffer from obesity-related conditions like hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea.1 Approximately 15.5 million Americans (nearly 7% of the population) were morbidly obese (BMI greater than 40) in 2010, and those numbers are likely even higher today.2

Obesity takes its toll on individuals, on families, and on society at large. Obese individuals not only struggle with reduced mobility, discrimination, and medical and psychological issues related to obesity, they also spend more on healthcare every year—$1,429 more than normal weight individuals, according to one study. the estimated annual medical costs of obesity in the U.S. is over $147 billion.3

Obesity-Related Conditions

Many people with obesity also struggle with related conditions, which can include (but are not limited to):

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gallbladder Disease and Gallstones
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Gout
  • Stroke and Heart Disease
  • Infertility
  • High Cholesterol
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Depression
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory Problems

Obesity Is Not a Moral Failing

Major strides have been made in recent years in understanding obesity. Today it is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and many other reputable health organizations as a disease, not a moral failing. Obesity is not your fault. It is a complex condition with many contributing factors, including genes and environment as well as behavioral, social, psychological, and emotional components.

If you’ve been on diet after diet only to regain all of your weight back and more, know this: Evidence is emerging that metabolic and hormonal changes after weight loss might permanently alter a person’s metabolic state, making it difficult or impossible to keep the weight off.4 While more research is needed, this and other factors could explain the “yo-yo” dieting syndrome that so many people experience.

Bariatric Care Centers Is Here to Help

Dr. Mirza and his caring team understand how obesity impacts people’s lives. Sadly, the misconception that obesity is simply a matter of lack of personal discipline persists, and discrimination against obese people is still common in our society. Our mission at Bariatric Care Centers is to help individuals lead healthy lives and debunk the myths surrounding obesity.

Weight Loss with Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery including gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y) and sleeve gastrectomy (known as gastric sleeve surgery) are proven treatments for obesity. In fact, bariatric surgery is the only proven solution for long-term weight loss and resolution of co-occurring conditions such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

A reputable Houston weight loss surgeon with more than 15 years of bariatric surgery experience, Dr. Mirza has successfully performed thousands of bariatric procedures, with excellent results. He is board certified and is a member and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Dr. Mirza’s professional goal is to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care to each and every patient.

View a gallery of before and after pictures of Dr. Mirza’s patients.

Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Based on guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to be considered a candidate for bariatric surgery, you generally must:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, with or without co-occurring conditions like high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, or others. Calculate your BMI.
  • Have a BMI of greater than 35 with co-occurring conditions
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Understand the surgery, its risks, and potential complications
  • Be fully committed to the lifestyle changes that will be required before and after surgery
  • Have no significant physical, medical, emotional, or psychological problems that would preclude you from having surgery
  • Have a supportive family and social environment

Contact Bariatric Care Centers today for a consultation with Dr. Mirza—your trusted Houston weight loss surgeon. He and his caring staff will be with you every step of the way through your weight loss journey.

Sources:

1. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3527647/

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