Weight loss is not simply about your weight, it’s about your HEALTH! An individual who is overweight is more likely to have health issues related to high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and heart disease. Many of these individuals may be taking prescription medications for one or more of these health issues and may be dealing with side effects of those medications.
Are you a candidate?
There are several criteria to meet before qualifying for bariatric surgery. Morbid Obesity is most commonly calculated using BMI (Body Mass Index). BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by his or her height in square meters. To calculate your BMI please use our BMI calculator on this page. All insurance companies at this time require a BMI of 35-35.9 with at least 1-2 life threatening co-morbidities. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol. If your BMI is 40 or greater, you may qualify without having any co- morbidities. If your insurance carrier does not cover bariatric surgery, our office has several financing options available for you.
When considering weight-loss surgery, you must balance the personal risk of being morbidly obese with the potential risk and complications of the surgery. This treatment option is a tool that you will continually use to lose weight. Surgery is a resource to help you reduce your weight. Behavioral, physical and psychological changes are required for you to maintain a healthy quality of life. Sustained weight-loss over time relies upon your desire and dedication to change your lifestyle with a proactive approach.
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding(Lap Band)
Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve
Vitamins are a vital part of a bariatric patients
Our Bariatric Surgeons
Your health is the main concern of the physicians of Southwest Surgical Associates. Dr. Charles Aramburo, Dr. Guillermo Ponce de Leon and Dr. Todd Wood are each certified by the American Board of Surgery and have completed additional training in the placement of gastric bands because they saw the need for a surgical option for patients who were unsuccessful in their weight loss goals through other methods. Dr. Ponce de Leon expanded his bariatric services to include the gastric sleeve procedure n order to give an alternative surgical option to his patients.