Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery?

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Weight loss is sometimes necessary for medical reasons, but for some, losing the weight can be difficult, and surgical options may be the most effective treatment for patients. Adventist Health Castle has a bariatric program with knowledgeable and experienced surgeons who perform metabolic and bariatric surgeries in an effort to fight Hawaii’s obesity epidemic. Hawaii Now visited Castle to find out who might be a good candidate for the procedure.

Bariatric surgery has been around since the 1960s following the understanding of gastric surgeries, and are now being performed laparoscopically with about 180,000 cases each year in the U.S. While the surgery does promote weight loss, the internal health benefits have proven to outweigh the change in the physical attributes in each patient. Studies show that 80% of diabetic patients see an improvement in their medication and overall health following bariatric surgery.

“This is a drastic intervention and we want to reserve this kind of intervention for somebody who’s looking for a significant health benefit. This is not necessarily meant to decrease weight,” said Castle Bariatric Program Medical Director Steven Fowler.

Most insurance companies cover bariatric surgery and patients should consult with their insurance provider to get more information on their personal coverage.

About Adventist Health Castle
Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and in Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities.

Its compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, it is transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.

For more information: adventisthealth.org