Maryland Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Andrew Averbach says Gastric Bypass is Important Now

With obesity rates continuing to climb, gastric bypass surgery for Maryland bariatric patients is now more important than ever for the morbidly obese.

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Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) August 09, 2012

In a recent announcement, The Centers for Medicare and Medicade Services have decided that it will provide coverage to patients who are supported by Medicare and qualify for the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy weight loss surgery procedure.

This is great news given America’s obesity-related mortality rates today, it is vital that the health care community support efforts to help improve effective weight loss methods. That’s why Maryland bariatric surgeon Dr. Andrew Averbach is announcing that weight loss surgery is more important today than it ever has been.

Obesity is a long-standing disease affecting over a quarter of the American population, according to the Obesity Society. The Center for Disease Control, men can see up to a 22% reduction in lifespan due to obesity.

Weight loss success rates after bariatric surgery are some of the best of all tested weight loss methods. The advantages of gastric bypass surgery include the reduction in the mortality rate and the fact that most patients achieve 60 – 70 percent weight loss within a period of one year after surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery in Maryland provides weight loss patients long-term weight reduction along with the elimination of co-morbidities, which are medical conditions that exist in association with obesity such as diabetes, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure. This procedure is considered the gold standard when it comes to producing weight loss results. There are two different ways in which this surgery can be performed. One method is laparoscopic. This procedure involves a small telescope-like camera that is inserted through a small incision that is made in the abdomen. The other method is open surgery, which is performed through a larger incision that is made in the abdomen. Laparoscopy is the number one choice of bariatric surgeons.

Gastric bypass surgery helps patients lose weight through two different techniques -- restrictive and malabsorptive. The surgery results in small pouch which restricts the stomach to be able to hold only a small portion of food. It’s malabsorptive because it bypasses the stomach to a portion of the small intestine. This surgery offers patients a guaranteed weight loss and also ensures that they can achieve the weight that they desire without any side effects.    

The restrictive method is effective because it works in two ways; mentally and physically. Since the size of the stomach is reduced it can hold only up till a few ounces of food, thereby reducing the body’s capacity to absorb nutrients. This triggers the memory telling it that the body needs to change its eating habits. Patients that undergo this procedure are hence committed to making a lifelong change to their diets as well as their eating habits.

Bariatric surgery has a very important role in health care today. If we don’t act now, the already worrisome obesity rate will only worsen.