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Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for Me?

Posted on March 12, 2018 by

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As you have read, weight loss surgery is a decision that requires research (like you are doing here), a risk/benefit comparison, an evaluation by an experienced bariatric surgeon and soul searching on your part to make sure you are committed to long term changes.  These changes can drastically improve your health, your ability to live your life to the fullest and potentially extend your lifespan.  This may seem overwhelming but the important thing for you to know is that you are not alone.

There is a delay with regards to documented statistics, but here are the clear trends:

  • About 15 million adults in the U.S. have morbid obesity which is associated with more than 30 other diseases and conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, hypertension, asthma, cancer, joint problems and infertility.  The direct and indirect costs to the health care system associated with obesity are about $117 billion annually.5
  • In the United States, the number of people who qualify for weight loss surgery is increasing as the incidence of obesity and morbid obesity is on the rise.
  • In the United States, the number of weight loss procedures performed each year continues to rise with an estimated 177,600 procedures performed in 2006 (an increase from about 16,000 in the early 1990’s).5 In 2008 the number of weight loss procedures was up to 220,000 and remained there in 2009.  Numbers for subsequent years have not been published as of this publication.

5http://asmbs.org/benefits-of-bariatric-surgery/

Telling you that you are not alone and sharing these sobering statistics doesn’t solve the problem for you or the general population.  There has to be a need (and clearly there is a need), there has to be a want (which usually results from the pain endured as a result of being obese or morbidly obese) a viable solution (in this case, surgical weight loss with an experienced bariatric surgeon who is passionate not just about surgery but your long term success).  Sounds like a recipe for success but there is an ingredient that is missing.  You can have a need and a want and a viable solution but if you don’t have the commitment and motivation to follow through and create lasting change for yourself, you may never experience the optimal success you deserve.

If you decide that you have the want, the need and the commitment, you are a great candidate for weight loss surgery.  Now you just need to explore the rest of the questions in this book and get started on your path to success.

View our free Weight Loss Surgery webinar now and then click to schedule your conversation with Cat Williamson, our Surgical Coordinator.

How do I know if I qualify for weight loss surgery?

Posted on March 05, 2018 by

gastric sleeve sleeve gastrectomy GeorgiaIf you are at least 50 pounds over your ideal body weight and have been unsuccessful with other methods of weight loss, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery.  However, most insurance companies additionally require a BMI of 40 or greater or a BMI of 35-40 with other potentially life threatening health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and/or sleep apnea.  Your BMI is your weight in relation to your height.  So how do you calculate your BMI?  You need to take your weight in kilograms and divide by the square of your height (meters).  For example, If your weight is 80 kilograms and your height is 1.8 meters, you would square your height (1.82=3.24) and then divide it into your weight (80 divided by 3.24 = a BMI of 24.69).  Or you can simply enter your information online for quick results with a BMI calculator.4

General BMI classification guidelines include:

BMI Classification Health Risk
Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5-24.9 Normal Weight Minimal
25-29.9 Overweight Increased
30-34.9 Obese High
35-39.9 Severely Obese Very High
40 and Over Morbidly Obese Extremely High

The decision as to whether or not weight loss surgery is right for you is ideally made by you and your surgeon after careful consideration of your weight, your past medical/surgical history and your current health problems or co-morbidities.  However, there are general guidelines that most surgeons and insurance companies adhere to when choosing who an appropriate candidate for weight loss surgery is as noted below:

General Guidelines for Weight Loss Surgery Candidates3:

  • BMI of 40 or greater
  • Comorbidity: You have a life-shortening disease process, heart disease, diabetes or obstructive sleep apnea that can be improved by losing weight.
  • For at least two years, you have attempted to lose weight.
  • You have been obese for an extended period of time, at least three to five years.
  • You are able to effectively care for yourself and follow a physician’s instructions.
  • You are motivated to lose weight and maintain a healthful lifestyle.
  • You do not abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • You are a nonsmoker or have quit smoking.
  • You are an adult under the age of 65.

These guidelines vary by insurance carrier and your individual policy.  Your insurance policy is an agreement between you and your insurance provider.  However, if you are working with an experienced bariatric surgeon/center, they can easily help you navigate through your particular insurance requirements and efficiently submit your information for surgery authorization. This topic is covered in Chapter 6 of the book, Less Weight…More Life! Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

As with any general guidelines, there are caveats that cannot be ignored. Some of the ones we find most important include age, motivation and mindset.  With regards to age, you can see by the general guidelines listed previously that it is recommended that an adult be under the age of 65.  At the Center for Weight Loss Success (www.cfwls.com) we do not put a cap on age for good reason.  Age is just a number.  You likely know someone who is over 65 years of age yet physically, emotionally and intellectually they are really more like a 40 year old.  Conversely, you likely know someone around 40 who walks, talks and acts as if they should be 80+ years old.  In terms of lower age restrictions, although there are a few centers in the United States performing weight loss procedures on patients under the age of 18, most surgeons prefer to wait until you are 18 years of age or older and able to better decide and commit to such a life changing procedure.

Of great importance is your motivation and mindset.  If you are considering weight loss surgery, you need to be motivated and an active participant throughout your entire pre-operative and post-operative phases.  This is how you will experience the best results.  Weight loss surgery is something you need to do for yourself, not someone else.  You need to prepare yourself physically and mentally prior to surgery and proactively plan for your post-operative phase.  If you believe surgery is a “quick fix” or the “easy way out” you likely should not pursue weight loss surgery.  With this mindset, you may not fully commit to the lifestyle changes that result in the rewarding outcomes that will transform your life in so many positive ways.  However, if you do commit, get ready for an amazing journey.  Try not to get overwhelmed here.  An experienced bariatric surgeon/center will provide a comprehensive process to help guide you through these considerations.

Finally, it is important to note that some people are actually too obese to qualify for weight loss surgery.  If you are too heavy, you will usually be instructed to lose weight before your surgeon can proceed with weight loss surgery.  Once again, an experienced bariatric surgeon/center will guide you through this process and help you optimize your physical and emotional health prior to surgery and beyond.

3 Bariatric Surgery for Severe Obesity. Consumer Information Sheet. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. March 2008. http:// http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/gastric.htm

4http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

If you don’t qualify for weight loss surgery under your insurance provider, contact my Surgical Coordinator, Cat Williamson at CFWLS to discuss your options.

My Advice to You About Weight Loss Surgery – Don’t Wait!

Posted on September 04, 2017 by

Allen Fabijan 2Meet Allen Fabijan – you may already know him as ‘Some Guy Named Allen’ from US106.1. What you may not know, is Allen chose weight loss surgery as a tool to help him improve his health and quality of life.

Allen has recently completed Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™ here at Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success.  He has lost over 130 pounds since he began his journey to lose weight and improve his health. Join him as he shares his struggles and successes along the way!

“If I could give one piece of advice to someone who is considering weight loss surgery it would be WHY WAIT? What are you waiting for? Are you waiting on the next holiday? Are you waiting on the next phase or chapter of your life?  What are you waiting for?  Number 1, you might not get a chance to wait.  You know it if you’re dealing with what I’m dealing with. Every time your heart flutters or something is uncomfortable the thought goes through your head “Is this it?”  “Am I going to end up in a hospital?” There’s no need to wait. I went in the first week of June and a year later I’m down 120 pounds.  I wish I had done this a lot sooner.”

“There’s no reason to wait. Go do it. Go see Dr. Clark. You’ll get all the support, all the help that you need. Any tool is at your disposal.  There’s no excuse.  There’s no need to wait anymore.  Go get healthy.  Go feel better.  Go get thin! Go see Dr. Clark!”

To learn how weight loss surgery could change your life, watch our free webclass at: https://cfwls.com/weight-loss-surgery/free-online-weight-loss-surgery-seminar/

Weight Loss Surgery Has Changed My Life and It Can Change Yours Too

Posted on August 28, 2017 by

Allen Fabijan water skiingMeet Allen Fabijan – you may already know him as ‘Some Guy Named Allen’ from US106.1. What you may not know, is Allen chose weight loss surgery as a tool to help him improve his health and quality of life.

Allen has recently completed Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™ here at Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success.  He has lost over 130 pounds since he began his journey to lose weight and improve his health. Join him as he shares his struggles and successes along the way!

 “There’s a million ways that weight loss has changed my life. I can bend down and pick up my shoes and socks so much more easily now.  Now I have no excuse to tell my wife as to why they haven’t been picked up! It’s the tiny tasks that make the difference. The first time after surgery I got on an airplane, I didn’t need a seatbelt extender.  The first time I went out to a restaurant and I didn’t have to slide the seat back. For the first time, I felt like people weren’t wondering what my beautiful wife was doing with a guy like me. It’s the silly things that really shouldn’t matter, but do.”

“Anyone who’s dealing with a weight problem knows exactly what I’m talking about.  To be able to go and buy clothes that are somewhat in fashion means all the difference in the world. To be able to go to a store and find something that fits me and not have to sneak off to the XXXL section of the store has been fantastic. The worry over not worrying about whether I’m having a heart attack or heartburn has now dissipated. I came off one of my blood pressure medications.  I got up one morning and played 18 holes of golf and then went home and my wife and I hopped on mountain bikes and road all the way to the North Carolina line.  I had even been to the gym earlier that morning.  That would have NEVER happened before. It was hilarious that we packed that all in one day. I was sore the next day.  I’m not going to lie to you!  My activity level is up. I enjoy walking now.  It’s affected every aspect of my life. Peace of mind is probably the biggest. It’s great to wake up in the morning and not have to worry about having an extra 200 pounds on my body.  Am I going to die today? That’s a real fear and real thought that went through my head.”  

To learn how weight loss surgery could change your life, watch our free webclass at: https://cfwls.com/weight-loss-surgery/free-online-weight-loss-surgery-seminar/

What I Have to Share About Weight Loss Surgery

Posted on August 21, 2017 by

Dr. Thomas W. Clark and Allen FabijanMeet Allen Fabijan – you may already know him as ‘Some Guy Named Allen’ from US106.1. What you may not know, is Allen chose weight loss surgery as a tool to help him improve his health and quality of life.

Allen has recently completed Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™ here at Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success.  He has lost over 130 pounds since he began his journey to lose weight and improve his health. Join him as he shares his struggles and successes along the way!

“Some people are worried about getting surgery.  I’m not a guy who likes to get surgery. I don’t know anyone who really does. It wasn’t bad. It REALLY wasn’t bad! I’m surprised at how bad it really wasn’t. I was back to work in 3 or 4 days. I don’t know if Dr. Clark recommends that or not! But I only talk for a living. I’m not saying go grab a jackhammer! The recovery wasn’t bad. It was totally something I could have done a lot sooner and wish I would have done sooner.”

“The whole process from consultation until I was at home in bed recovering was exactly the way the support staff and Dr. Clark told me it would be. It was exactly the way it is. I would say don’t let the fact that it’s a medical procedure hold you back. It was actually a breeze. I only used one pain pill. I didn’t even need it.  That was my experience and I would tell anybody that it’s not scary and recovery is a lot easier than you think it is.”     

To learn how weight loss surgery could change your life, watch our free webclass at: https://cfwls.com/weight-loss-surgery/free-online-weight-loss-surgery-seminar/

Down 120 Pounds And Feeling Great!

Posted on August 14, 2017 by

Allen Fabijan 3Meet Allen Fabijan – you may already know him as ‘Some Guy Named Allen’ from US106.1. What you may not know, is Allen chose weight loss surgery as a tool to help him improve his health and quality of life.

Allen has recently completed Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™ here at Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success.  He has lost over 130 pounds since he began his journey to lose weight and improve his health. Join him as he shares his struggles and successes along the way!

“At my biggest I was pushing 370lbs. Naked is how I weigh myself.  My clothes weigh a lot. I knew I was coming here today so I got on the scale and I was 238 pounds!  It’s crazy!  I didn’t believe the scale when it was really high. And now I don’t believe the scale when it’s really low.  It’s crazy.  It’s wonderful!

To learn how weight loss surgery could change your life, watch our free webclass at: https://cfwls.com/weight-loss-surgery/free-online-weight-loss-surgery-seminar/

My Greatest Challenges Are Behind Me – Enjoying Life Again After Weight Loss Surgery

Posted on August 07, 2017 by

Allen Fabijan 1Meet Allen Fabijan – you may already know him as ‘Some Guy Named Allen’ from US106.1. What you may not know, is Allen chose weight loss surgery as a tool to help him improve his health and quality of life.

Allen has recently completed Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™ here at Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success.  He has lost over 130 pounds since he began his journey to lose weight and improve his health. Join him as he shares his struggles and successes along the way!

“So maybe I’m different.  I don’t know.  The big things are always there.  We know about heart disease.  The little things were what made up my biggest challenges.  Silly things like getting on an airplane and needing a seat belt extender made me feel bad.  Or going to a restaurant and having to push the booth back. Or, just being uncomfortable in public situations where I shouldn’t have been uncomfortable. It was all the little tiny things that added up to the big things.”

“When you’re overweight, you know that you’re in trouble with your health.  You know you’re making yourself lazy, tired, and you know you’re making yourself have heart problems and possibly diabetes. We hear that all the time, every day.  But it was the little things that slowly worked themselves up into big things that lead me to decide ENOUGH is ENOUGH!”

To learn how weight loss surgery could change your life, watch our free webclass at: https://cfwls.com/weight-loss-surgery/free-online-weight-loss-surgery-seminar/

The Problems I Faced – Big and Small – Weight Loss Surgery Helped Them All

Posted on July 31, 2017 by

Allen Fabijan 4Meet Allen Fabijan – you may already know him as ‘Some Guy Named Allen’ from US106.1. What you may not know, is Allen chose weight loss surgery as a tool to help him improve his health and quality of life.

Allen has recently completed Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™ here at Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success.  He has lost over 130 pounds since he began his journey to lose weight and improve his health. Join him as he shares his struggles and successes along the way!

“I’m radio personality.  I’m out and about all the time. I have to be confidant. I have to exude confidence. I think that the hard part for me was that I was faking it all the time. I was worried about my weight so I would make a joke to deflect.”

“Unfortunately, I’m thin now so I lost all of my fat guy jokes. But I’ll come up with new ones! The confidence that I needed with my job, career, family, and friends was really being impacted by my weight. I was internalizing that and it leads to all kinds of problems. Insecurity is a miserable thing.  I don’t think anyone who is out there dealing with weight issues isn’t insecure on some level somewhere, some time. I don’t think people realize that how the guilt and burden of weight you carry isn’t just on your body. It’s hundreds of pounds on your soul. I don’t know how else to really say that. It’s not just the physical weight that you carry. It’s the weight of shame, guilt, insecurity, that drives from being overweight.”

To learn how weight loss surgery could change your life, watch our free webclass at: https://cfwls.com/weight-loss-surgery/free-online-weight-loss-surgery-seminar/

When It Comes to Weight Loss Surgery – You Want Dr. Clark and the Center for Weight Loss Success

Posted on July 17, 2017 by

Dr. Thomas W. Clark and Allen FabijanMeet Allen Fabijan – you may already know him as ‘Some Guy Named Allen’ from US106.1. What you may not know, is Allen chose weight loss surgery as a tool to help him improve his health and quality of life.

Allen has recently completed Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™ here at Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success.  He has lost over 130 pounds since he began his journey to lose weight and improve his health. Join him as he shares his struggles and successes along the way!

“I found Dr. Clark through a recommendation.  My boss at the radio station said he had a friend who lost a lot of weight, looks great, and he seems healthy.  ‘You need to go figure out what he did.  Go talk to him’.  The company said they would support me in any way they could. They probably wanted me to keep making them money, keep me around, alive a little bit longer.  I’m glad they sat me down and talked with me.’

“I had been to other doctors in the area that offer the same types of services.  The thing with Dr. Clark was the consultation was completely different.  It was really about who I was and what I needed and I didn’t feel like I was just another person being shoveled through a surgery line. The other major thing with Dr. Clark’s program was the ability to catch a webinar or to pull up a video or to get information on my schedule and my time. This was huge for me because I might have a question at 2:00 a.m. after returning from some event that I need answered. The information is there any time I need it.  I can access it.  That really helped push me over the edge”.

“I live in Virginia Beach and Dr. Clark is in Newport News but it’s never been a problem.  It’s been easy because if I need anything there’s some virtual, digital, or e-mails system or program that I can access from anywhere I am at any time.  I was in Nashville and trying to figure out something to eat. I went to the CFWLS website and something popped up so I had to go try it. So it’s great.  That’s what pushed me over to the edge to go with CFWLS.”

To learn how weight loss surgery could change your life, watch our free webclass at: https://cfwls.com/weight-loss-surgery/free-online-weight-loss-surgery-seminar/

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For You?

Posted on November 05, 2014 by