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Your Weight Loss Surgery Options

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: From Adjustable Gastric Banding to Gastric Bypass, there are several types of weight loss surgeries. Which is right for you?
Air Date: 7/15/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Robert Bell, MD
Robert BellRobert Bell, MD, MA, FACS, has expertise in bariatric surgery for morbid obesity. Dr. Bell also specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, gallbladder disease, esophageal motility problems, abdominal wall hernia repairs, and other gastrointestinal (GI) problems. A leader in bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery, he is among few surgeons in the New York metropolitan area who perform revisionary (corrective) obesity surgeries. In addition to his position at Summit Medical Group, Dr. Bell is Associate Professor of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Bell is the author or co-author of articles, abstracts, and book chapters primarily devoted to bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery. His articles and abstracts are published in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of the American College of Surgery, Obesity Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, and Surgical Endoscopy. He is an ad hoc reviewer for Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and Journal of the American Medical Association, to name a few. In addition, Dr. Bell has been featured in videos demonstrating laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques that have been presented to the American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Bell has delivered local, regional, national, and international invited presentations in his field.

Dr. Bell is the recipient of more than 18 academic honors and awards, including the Yale University School of Medicine Outstanding Surgical Teacher Award and Edward H. Storer, MD, Award for Excellence in Surgical Teaching. Dr. Bell graduated first in his medical school class. He is a Texas A & M University College of Medicine Gathwright Scholar.
Your Weight Loss Surgery Options
Obesity rates have risen to epidemic levels in the United States. Almost one-third of the adult population in the U.S. (32%) is considered obese.

We know that adoption of a healthy diet and exercise works for some individuals; but for many others, traditional approaches are unsuccessful for morbidly obese patients to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. 

Weight loss surgery has improved the quality of life of many people suffering from obesity -- now officially classified as a disease by the AMA. 

Candidacy depends on certain criteria, including a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher and if your insurance will cover the cost. 

Weight loss surgery can help you have a new beginning in life, but post surgery requires a commitment to eat healthier, exercise more and maintain a support system with your doctors, family and friends to help you stay on track.

Robert Bell, MD, has expertise in bariatric surgery for morbid obesity, "I am passionate about improving the quality of life for people who are morbidly obese and unable to lose weight with diet and exercise," says Dr. Bell.

Dr. Bell breaks down the benefits of each surgery, symptoms, risk, cost and the success rate.