Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery in Fort Worth
Medical City Fort Worth's comprehensive bypass surgery program incorporates medical, nutritional, psychological and surgical components. A multidisciplinary support team evaluates patients prior to surgery and provides follow-up treatment and education afterward, helping them adopt the permanent lifestyle changes necessary to a successful outcome.
Obesity results from an accumulation of fat that is out of proportion to the body’s skeletal and physical standards. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a surplus of 20 percent is the point at which excess weight becomes a health risk.
The Bariatric & Metabolic Institute is a Nationally Accredited Weight-Loss Surgery Program
The bariatric surgery program at Medical City Fort Worth is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), the national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers. The MBSAQIP program is a combined initiative of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
The program accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery clinics in the United States and Canada that have undergone an independent, voluntary and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards.
Bariatric surgical procedures have been shown to reduce obesity, improve mortality, and decrease the health risks from chronic diseases such as cardiomyopathy and diabetes. For these reasons, the MBSAQIP recognizes facilities, such as Medical City Fort Worth, that implement defined standards of care, document their outcomes and participate in regular reviews to evaluate their bariatric surgical programs.
Obesity and Morbid Obesity
Today, some 97 million Americans – more than one–third of the nation’s adult population – are overweight or obese. Of these, an estimated 5 to 10 million are considered “morbidly obese.”
Obesity becomes “morbid” when it threatens to trigger one or more health conditions or serious diseases (referred to as “co–morbidities” ) that may result in significant physical disability or even death.
Morbid obesity is usually defined in terms of:
- A body weight 100 pounds or more above the threshold considered optimal for a given height
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher
According to a NIH Consensus Report, morbid obesity is a serious disease that warrants aggressive treatment. It is also a chronic disease, meaning that its symptoms become increasingly debilitating the longer it persists.