Regain Your Quality of Life
More than one-third of people in the United States are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are severely overweight and have tried just about every diet and weight-loss method there is, weight-loss surgery at Aiken Regional Medical Centers may be the solution you need to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right For You?
Weight-loss surgery may be right for you if:
- You are between 18 and 65 years of age.
- You are at least 80 pounds overweight, depending on other health conditions.
- Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 35. Calculate your BMI >
- You have tried other weight-loss methods without success.
- You are medically stable and physically able to withstand surgery.
- You successfully complete all required preoperative testing.
Online Bariatric Seminar
The first steps to getting Bariatric Surgery begin with learning about the process at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Watch the video below and then submit your contact information to begin the process with Gail Collins, Bariatric Nurse Navigator.
Preparing For Weight-Loss Surgery
Aiken Regional Medical Centers has developed a three-month process to help you decide if weight-loss surgery is right for you. In addition to meeting health-related requirements, you should also be prepared for the significant lifestyle changes necessary after your surgery.
The first step you should take is to attend one of Aiken Regional's free seminars to learn more about the procedure.
After you've attended a seminar, and if you decide to move forward, you'll need to schedule an appointment with our bariatric coordinator, who will help determine your initial eligibility.
If you are eligible, the bariatric coordinator will also help you take the next step: scheduling appointments with a nutritionist, exercise therapist, psychologist and the surgeon's office.
If you qualify for surgery, you will be able to use an online resource that lets you and your surgeon collaborate on a custom plan that focuses on helping you establish healthy eating habits, increase your physical activity and improve your emotional well being. The online resource also allows you and your surgeon to monitor your progress after surgery and compare it to your recorded goals.
Patient Information Seminar Packet
Your seminar information packet includes a number of educational items and forms. Download and complete these forms to bring with you when you attend one of the weight-loss surgery information seminars.
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.
Get Started with Weight-Loss Surgery
Call the Bariatric Nurse Navigator today at 803-641-5751.