What is Body Mass Index (BMI)? The BMI compares weight to height. When a person’s BMI is greater than 30, that person is considered obese. When a person’s BMI exceeds 40, that person is considered morbidly obese.
Have a BMI of 40 or a BMI of 35 with weight related health problem
Be age 18-65 years old
Be aware of the expected life changes
Understand the surgery and its risks
Plan to follow diet and exercise guidelines for the rest of your life
How long will I be in the hospital? You will come to the hospital on the day of your surgery and we will prepare you for your surgery. You will have general anesthesia for your procedure. You will stay in the recovery room until you are awake. The night of your surgery, you will be helped to sit up in a chair and walk. If your surgery is done laparoscopically, you will most likely go home in a day or two.
How will my diet change after surgery? Because your stomach is much smaller, you will be eating smaller amounts of food. You will eat smaller amounts of food, chewing them carefully and slowly. You will be required to take vitamins for the rest of your life. These must be a chewable or liquid. It will be important to avoid swallowing large pieces of food. You will need to drink plenty of water between meals
I would like to become a patient. What next? The first step is to attend one of our free informational seminars. Our bariatric surgeon, Dr Willie E. Harper, Jr. will present a program that will cover all the specifics of our program and the weight loss surgeries we offer. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions at that time.
To Register: Please call the St. Bernards Healthline at 870.207.7300.
Can't make it to a seminar? We now offer you the chance to watch it below. After watching the seminar, if you want to learn more about bariatric surgery, please fill out the form here to be contacted.