Choosing Surgery

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Choosing Surgery

Obesity Facts

  • Obesity is the second leading health-related cause of mortality world-wide.  A body mass index > 40 is associated with a shortened life expectancy of 20 years in men and 5 years in women.  Obesity is also linked to multiple severe diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease and cancer.
  • This disease has become an epidemic in Canada over the last 20 years.  The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that 25% are now obese.  These numbers are rising.
  • Obesity is a disease.  It is not a result of personal weakness or gluttony.   Food addiction and the use of food as a coping mechanism can often contribute to dangerous weight gain.  Healthy food choices and coping strategies are crucial elements for long-term success after weight loss surgery.
  • Obesity surgery is an excellent tool for weight loss.  Perhaps more importantly, it can reduce and eliminate obesity associated diseases (such as diabetes) and prolong life expectancy.
  • All bariatric operations offered by Richmond Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program is covered by MSP.

Why Have Surgery?

What can I expect from surgery?

Am I Eligible?

What is the Assessment Process?

Frequently asked questions.

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