(PRWEB) September 25, 2004
42 year old Los Angeles resident Sergio Silva underwent the first stage of his journey toward a better quality of life today at the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity. Today Silva underwent an abdominal wall panniculectomy to have 100 pounds of fat removed to prepare him for the Fobi Pouch Gastric Bypass. After Silva heals from the surgery in several months, Dr. Fobi will give him the Fobi Pouch Gastric Bypass.
Six years ago Silva weighed 400 pounds and was suffering from hypertension, sleep apnea, chronic heart failure, and diabetes. He had tried various diets and exercise plans but lost no weight. As his weight continue to increase, the quality of his life started to decrease. ÂI could not work, walk, or take care of my personal needs because of the obesity,Â says Silva.
Silva, who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 85, was refused treatment at other obesity centers because of the high risk of the procedure. Body mass index (BMI) closely correlates with body fat and can help predict the development of health problems related to excess weight. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) identifies obesity as a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or greater. Obesity is further broken down to Class I (BMI of 30-34.9 kg/m2), Class II (BMI of 35-39.9 kg/m2), and Class III (BMI of 40 kg/m2 or greater), also called extreme obesity.
ÂThe whole perception of obesity has changed,Â says Dr. Fobi, Medical Director of the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity located at Tri-City Regional Medical Center in Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. ÂIt is no longer simply considered a will power problem that we can just afford to ignore. The costs to society are now apparent and reflected in a number of recent national health studies. The risk of surgery is minimal compared with the potentially fatal health problems caused by remaining obese.Â
The national scales have tipped in the favor of obesity and the costs are sobering. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 65 percent of U.S. adults qualify as overweight. The real impact of this obesity epidemic is staggering with each year more than 300,000 people dying from obesity-related conditions.
For the first time, obesity exacts a higher toll on health and healthcare costs than either smoking or drinking as serious obesity-related problems like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, strokes and certain cancers have reached epidemic levels. Obesity raises a personÂs healthcare costs by 36 percent and medication costs by 77 percent which overall accounts for an additional $395 a year.
The Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity is a comprehensive medical weight loss center that specializes in the minimally invasive laparoscopic and open Fobi Pouch Gastric Bypass Surgery. The Center is dedicated to promoting health and wellness for the morbidly obese patient. The Center has been in existence for more than 20 years under the direction of Dr. MAL Fobi, M.D. F.A.C.S., and has treated more than 10,000 obese patients. If you have any questions about the Center or the services it offers, please call 1-800-564-3624, visit us online at http://www.cstobesity.com .
Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity
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