WHAT IS SEVERE OBESITY?
Obesity is a disease in which the proportion of fat in the body is too large. Obesity is classified according to body mass index (BMI), which you get by dividing your weight by your height squared, e.g. 100 kg/(1.7 m x 1.7 m) = 34.6.
THE WEIGHT CLASSES FOR BMI IN ADULTS ARE:
| 18,4 or less
| Healthy weight
|| 18,5 - 24,9
|| 25,0 - 29,9
| Obesity I
|| 30,0 - 34,9
| Obesity II
|| 35,0 - 39,9
| Obesity III
|| 40,0 or more
If your BMI is more than 30, you should consult healthcare experts. If your BMI is over 40, it is pertinent to talk about very severe or morbid obesity. Bariatric surgery may be appropriate if your BMI is over 35.
SURGERY IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS FOR SEVERE OBESITY
Bariatric surgery is often the only remaining option for those who have already tried to treat their obesity with traditional slimming methods, exercise and diet, but without a significant result.
The assessment of whether surgery is necessary is dependent on collaboration between experts in many different areas, among them a specialist in internal medicine, a surgeon, a dietician and an anaesthetist. By consulting with them, you can find out whether surgery is an appropriate choice for you.
At Eira Hospital bariatric surgery is performed using the gastric bypass technique, which is the most effective of all bariatric operations. The surgery involves reducing the size of the stomach and changes the digestive process so that the patient eats smaller amounts at mealtimes and the body takes up a smaller proportion of the nutrition in the food. Following the surgery, the patient will not be able to cope with foodstuffs that should be avoided such as large quantities of fat or sugar.
BARIATRIC SURGERY PROVIDES NEW ENERGY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
At the moment, surgery combined with changes to dietary habits is the only method for the severely obese to achieve a long-term weight reduction. With the help of a gastric bypass, it is possible to return to a healthy weight, which increases the motivation to exercise and change dietary habits. To some extent, the surgery also cures serious diseases such as sleep apnoea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and prevents myocardial infarctions and some forms of cancer. On average, 90% of all diabetics achieve a normal blood sugar balance following the surgery. The surgery can also prevent diseases of the musculoskeletal system such as joint and back pain.
INFORMATION MEETINGS AT EIRA HOSPITAL
Eira Hospital arranges information meetings concerning bariatric surgery in Finnish and Swedish at all times of the year. Come and listen to our experts and ask questions.
Ask: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09 162 0610