Many of us have already tried every diet and exercise plan imaginable to try to lose weight. Sometimes, in spite of such diligent efforts, we may not be able to achieve long-term results by ourselves. In cases of severe obesity, weight-loss surgery can serve as a tool toward achieving significant, long-term weight loss. First, eligibility guidelines for surgery must be considered. Weight loss surgery involves a major life change, therefore several factors are taken into account when determining eligibility, such as your body mass index (BMI of 40, or 35 with co-morbidities), existing psychological or medical conditions and prior attempts at weight loss.
Weight loss surgery is just one element in the journey toward restoring your overall health and well-being. It must be paired with regular exercise and a healthy diet to achieve successful results. This is why dietary counseling, exercise programs and weight loss surgery options are all part of Cone Health’s comprehensive bariatric and wellness services.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about weight loss surgery and getting started in the process are encouraged to attend one of Cone Health’s bariatric seminars. These seminars are free and provide information about the risks and benefits of weight-loss surgery, the three different procedures offered at Cone Health, surgery costs and a pathway to help guide you through the process to make a lifestyle change. These seminars are now offered online, as well as in person. To register for either form of seminar, visit www.conehealth.com/bariatrics. Attending the online or in-person seminar qualifies individuals for a preliminary consultation.
Dr. Matthew Martin is a bariatric surgeon at Central Carolina Surgery and a member of the Cone Health medical staff. Dr. Martin is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is a 1979 graduate of University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency in general surgery at Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine, which also included a clinical research fellowship in surgery.