Bariatric Surgery Used For Both Obesity And Disease?

Bariatric Surgery Used For Both Obesity And Disease?


. BARIATRIC SURGERY MAY BE A MORE COMMON SURGERY FOR OBESITY. HOW IT COULD PREVENT LIFE THREATENING DISEASES FOR MANY PEOPLE. FOR 20 YEARS SEAN RODGERS STRUGGLED TO MANAGE HIS WEIGHT. DIETING AND NOT CONTINUING THE PSYCHE WELL THE INSULIN. I WASN’T GOING TO GET RID OF THE WEIGHT. Reporter: HIS NEXT OPTION WAS OBESITY SURGERY WHICH INCLUDES A RANGE OF PROCEDURES A LAP BAND TO STOMACH REDUCTION TO BYPASS OPERATIONS. WITH A BMI OF 35 HE DIDN’T THINK HE WAS A CANDIDATE FOR SURGERY. BMI IS NOT REALLY A FAIR OR ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF WHO SHOULD BE GETTING THERAPY. Reporter: EXPERTS SAY THE GUIDELINES FOR SURGERY ARE OUT DATED WHILE SOMEONE WITH A BMI OF 35 IS A PROVED THE NEXT PERSON WITH UNCONTROLLED DIABETES AND A B MI OF 34 MAY BE DENIED. THEIR DISEASE WILL PROGRESS. THEIR LIFE SPAN WILL BE SHORT. Reporter: THAT CAN INCLUDE DIABETES, HEART DISEASE AND CANCER AND LIKE OTHER DISEASES THE BEST METHOD FOR PREVENTION IS TO INTERVENE EARLY. CONTINUING TO INCREASE THE INSULIN AND PROVIDE THEM MEDICAL THERAPY WON’T CHANGE THE DISEASE. IT JUST DOESN’T. SURGERY DOES. Reporter: MANY BELIEVE THAT OBESITY IS A PROBLEM OF WILL POWER AND PATIENT DEAR SIR TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES TO FIX IT. NOBODY ASKS SOMEONE WITH CANCER TO DO IT THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR CARE BUT THERE’S ALSO EFFECTIVE THERAPY TO THEM. Reporter: SINCE THE SURGERY SEAN HAS LOST 120 POUNDS, IS OFF OFF ORAL MEDICATION AND HAS GONE FROM 500 UNITS OF INSU LIN A DAY TO TEN. THE GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN UPDATED BASED ON A PATIENT’S WHOLE HEALTH RATHER THAN JUST BMI. THEY SAY THAT EARLIER SURGERY WILL SAVE HEALTH CARE

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