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Surgical Specialty Group of Oviedo

by Shelley Ouellette

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When traditional lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise are proving ineffective, those facing obesity-related health challenges turn to Board Certified General Surgeon Dr. Harold Neyra at Surgical Specialty Group of Oviedo for permanent solutions.

“For some people, it’s simply impossible to lose weight on their own,” Dr. Neyra says. “They may possess a chemical or genetic imbalance that hinders them from lowering their body mass index (BMI). Obesity is a medical condition and, when diet and exercise have failed to produce results, bariatric surgery can treat its root cause by changing the patient’s chemical makeup with the elimination of certain hormones.”

Utilizing the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures, Dr. Neyra and his team help patients achieve long-term weight loss and improved overall quality of health.

“Weight loss isn’t the only benefit of bariatric surgery,” says Dr. Neyra. “It can also help resolve health conditions such as sleep apnea, hypertension, and type-II diabetes, potentially increasing life expectancy by 89 percent.”

However, Dr. Neyra cautions that bariatric surgery isn’t a quick fix and requires a six-month evaluation period prior to a procedure to ensure the patient is emotionally and physically qualified to undergo treatment.

“Once we evaluate a patient’s BMI and ensure he or she does not have a thyroid issue or some other cause for consistent weight gain, we will track the patient for six months to determine if they can lose weight with the help of a nutritionist,” Dr. Neyra says. “By then, if everything is normal and there has been no significant weight loss, the patient may qualify for bariatric surgery.”

The results of weight loss surgery, Dr. Neyra says, can be immediate and lasting.

“Often, a patient’s diabetes will regulate overnight and, within one year, he or she should expect to experience a 65-to-70 percent loss of excess weight,” says Dr. Neyra. “Additionally, gastric bypass patients now experience fewer complications and better quality sutures thanks to the advanced flexibility of robotic surgery technology that is used for the procedure today.”

According to Dr. Neyra, those most qualified for bariatric surgery have failed to lose weight with adjustments to diet, exercise, or medications and are more than 100 pounds overweight. Candidates must also have a BMI of 40 or more; a BMI of 35 or more coupled with an obesity-related health condition such as diabetes, severe sleep apnea, heart disease, joint issues, or infertility; or experience physical challenges that interfere with daily activities due to excessive weight.

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