Surgery Recovery

Obesity is not a cosmetic condition. Many people underestimate the health conditions associated with excess weight, and that is why Provost Bariatrics is here. Dr. Provost and his team are dedicated to helping patients lose weight primarily because of the health benefits that come from that weight loss. Obesity is a dangerous disease, and even though we already know it is associated with heart disease, multiple types of cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and other conditions, we’re often seeing new research pointing to additional dangers of carrying excess weight.

For example, a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, showed that “trauma patients who are also obese have higher total hospital charges, longer hospital stays, are more likely to be discharged to a continuing care facility, and have a higher rate of orthopedic surgical intervention than patients without obesity.” Stays in the Intensive Care Unit were found to be significantly longer for people who are obese vs those who are not, and infection rates were double. Obesity is seen in more than 1/3 of the US population, so these longer hospital stays and more complex recoveries affect many.

Most people will never need trauma surgery, but research like this points to the increasing importance of addressing obesity and its risks while we can. At the point that someone is in the operating room for an emergency surgery, their weight and associated risk cannot be fully addressed. All we can do is help people live their healthiest lives, setting them up for ongoing, long term success. We can help you lose weight and lower the risks associated with being obese, so please contact us if you have any questions we can answer for you.

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