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Important bariatric information for physicians

Should You Refer? 

Bariatric surgery may be the most effective option for significant weight loss for patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 40, or a BMI of 35 to 40 with obesity related complications.


Obesity Related Co-Morbidities*



Occurrence in the Obese

Diabetes 14-20%
Hypertension 25-55%
Hyperlipidemia 35-53%
Cardiac Disease 10-15%
Respiratory Disease (Sleep Apnea) 10-20%
Arthritis 20-25%
Depression 70-90%
Stress Incontinence 50%
Menstrual Irregularity 50%


*Source: Table 7 Bariatric Literature Review

Results confirm that reducing body fat in morbidly obese patients significantly reduce obesity-related health issues and mortality.

In the morbidly obese, studies show that factors such as exercise, diet, pharmacotherapy and alternative therapies may not be as effective for long-term weight loss in morbidly obese patients as bariatric surgery, which offers an average weight loss of 50 to 80 percent of excess body weight after one to five years.

Primary care physicians play a key role in determining potential candidates for bariatric surgery. If you have an obese patient who may benefit from surgery, refer him or her to the multidisciplinary program at Little Company of Mary Hospital for further evaluation.


Choosing The Best Program For Your Patients

Bariatric surgery is safe and effective when performed by experienced weight loss surgeons. Dr. Cahill is the Medical Director of the Midwest Bariatric Institute and the Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center. He has performed more than 2,000 successful weight loss surgeries. Dr. Cahill has extensive experience and special interest in weight loss surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery.

The Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center has been certified a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS). The ASBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

Our team has years of experience and specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques. But we offer more than surgical support alone. Together with a complete program including nutritional, exercise, and psychological support along with monthly groups and metabolic evaluation, the Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center uses a complete range of treatment for lasting weight loss success. The bariatric team includes surgeons, internists, pulmonologists, psychologists, nurses and dietitians who are trained and experienced in the care of surgical weight loss patients.


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