Obesity becomes "morbid" when it reaches the point of significantly
increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions
or serious diseases (also known as co-morbidities) that result either
in significant physical disability or even death. As you read about morbid
obesity you may also see the term "clinically severe obesity" used.
Both are descriptions of the same condition and can be used interchangeably.
Morbid obesity is typically defined as being 100 lbs. or more over ideal
body weight or having a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher. According to
the National Institutes of Health Consensus Report, morbid obesity is
a serious disease and must be treated as such. It is a chronic disease,
meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time.
Where to Begin
Understanding the disease of morbid obesity and weight loss surgery is
essential. Our website has been created to give you an understanding of
weight loss surgery, the known benefits and risks associated with laparoscopic
Roux en Y Gastricbypass and Gastric Banding. Additionally, we encourage
you to talk to your primary care health provider. To help we have prepared
a list of questions for you to ask your health care provider and surgeon
as you consider weight loss surgery.
Finding an experienced weight loss surgeon with
an established multidisciplinary team program
is an important step in the process of considering weight loss
to others who have taken the path you are
now considering may help you understand what you need to know
to make a decision that is comfortable for you.
Below is more helpful information that may answer some of your questions and provide the resources you need in the decision making process. In the end, your best source of information is an experienced bariatric surgeon who knows how to handle your special needs before, during and after weight loss surgery.