By: Dr. Sachin Vaikunth
One of the reasons we look forward to the holidays is spending time with family and loved ones—often, over dinner. Overeating is part of our culture, as is the loathing of the packed-on holiday pounds, come the New Year. While many may obsess over a few pounds, for some obesity is a constant struggle, dramatically impacting health, wellbeing and quality of life.
Bariatric Surgery is a procedure performed on people who are dangerously obese, for the purpose of losing weight. This surgery is performed on the stomach and intestine causing a reduction of the patient's food intake. It changes the anatomy of your digestive system to limit the amount of food you can eat and digest. Results from this obesity surgery are significant long-term weight loss, recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors and a reduction in mortality. After this surgery, resuming your normal life will require changes in your lifestyle.
Although Bariatric surgery requires a general hospital stay of 1-2 days, it is a permanent procedure that requires a lifetime commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Benefits of bariatric surgery are not limited to weight loss, but can help improve your overall health, well-being and self-esteem. The National Institutes of Health recommend bariatric surgery for obese people with a BMI of at least 40, and for people with BMI 35 and serious coexisting medical conditions such as diabetes. Bariatric surgery is an excellent alternative for people who cannot lose significant weight through exercise and dieting and whose general health is compromised.
I am honored to be the first bariatric surgeon practicing in Jackson, Tennessee and to join the compassionate, skillful team at The Jackson Clinic. After graduating from medical school at Vanderbilt University in 2001, I completed my residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Before relocating to Tennessee, I completed a fellowship in minimally invasive/bariatric surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
I strive to continually offer my patients the latest in minimally invasive surgical options, which decrease scarring and recovery time. If you are struggling with obesity and feel you have tried everything to regain your health and quality of life, contact The Jackson Clinic for a consultation. Our office is located at 700 West Forest Avenue; call 731-422-0213 for an appointment. I would be pleased to serve you. And have a happy – and healthy – holiday season.