Weight-Loss Surgery at the Drexel Center for Women's Health
Healthy Body Weight
The Drexel Center for Women's Health wants you to enjoy optimal health. Maintaining a healthy weight is important to overall well-being and can have a positive affect on your physical health and mental outlook.
Obesity is a term used to describe body weight that is much greater than what is healthy. If you are obese, you have a much higher amount of body fat than is healthy or desirable.
Body mass index (BMI) is a ratio between height and weight, and is the medical standard for measuring the presence and degree of obesity. It is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his/her height in meters (kg/m2).
Patients who are considered severely obese have a body mass index of 35–39.9, and are at high risk for developing one or more obesity-related diseases; these include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes, gallstones, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux — to name a few. Patients who are morbidly obese have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater — which means they are 100 pounds or more overweight — are at very high risk for developing obesity-related diseases.
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Waist circumference is another widely used measurement to determine abdominal fat content. An excess of abdominal fat is a predictor of risk factors related to obesity. Women with a waist measurement of 35 inches or greater are considered at risk.
The Drexel Center for Women's Health can work with you to establish a diet and exercise plan to help you lose weight. Additionally, weight-loss surgery can help you attain the weight loss that you desire. As with any surgery, there are associated risks. It is important to understand what is involved.
Bariatric Surgery Procedures
There are several weight loss procedures that are performed in the United States. The most popular procedures are Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Each of these procedures have associated benefits and risks, and require lifelong lifestyle changes. The same criteria and preoperative workup requirements apply to each procedure.
Most procedures are done laparoscopically, using several small incisions into the abdomen. Surgical instruments are inserted through these incisions. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery include less post-operative pain, fewer complications such as infection, internal hernias and adhesions, and less scarring.
Weight-Loss Surgery Physician
Elizabeth Renza-Stingone, MD, FACS
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.