Central Florida Health NewsJanuary 2020

Doctor and Patient Explain Why Bariatric Surgery Is So Much More Than Weight Loss

THE NEW YEAR often brings thoughts of weight loss. It seems that there are endless numbers of weight loss methods. Everything from the tried and true methods to schemes that seem too good to be true, and probably are. For a growing number of people, the solution to their struggles is bariatric surgery.

What is bariatric surgery?

Commonly known as weight loss surgery, this is surgery intended to result in weight loss. A variety of options exist, all aimed at decreasing the amount of food that a person is able to eat, resulting in weight loss. The type and method of surgery depends on the patient, his or her goals, and the advice of the surgeon.

Why bariatric surgery?

Dr. Shiva Seetahal is a local surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery at AdventHealth Heart of Florida. When asked why he chose this specialty, he says he saw many people suffering from obesity. Aware of the health concerns this causes, he wanted to help.

Seetahal says many of his patients seek bariatric surgery after trying other weight loss methods with limited success. He goes on to say that, while some of them are looking to correct medical issues, most come in hopes of preventing them.

Teresa Coombs, 27, of Orlando, had bariatric surgery two years ago and lost 110 pounds. She says it was her decision to have the surgery was about weight, but also about much more. Her initial motivation was the hope of having a baby. She said she got tired of being told that she could not get pregnant unless she lost weight. One person even told her, “You’ll either have to get taller or lose weight.” At about 5 feet tall and in her mid-20s, she knew she was not likely to get any taller. So, she decided to lose weight.


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January 2020