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When you're considering bariatric surgery, one of the first steps is finding out more about the benefits and risks of the procedures. Only you and your bariatric surgeon can decide which procedure is right for you.

According to the National Institutes of Health, anyone weighing 20 percent or more than the ideal for his or her body is obese. At that point, the extra weight becomes a health risk, contributing to a number of conditions, many of them life-threatening.

At The Davis Clinic, we know that obesity is a recognized disease by the National Institutes of Health. Furthermore, we recognize that having this disease is not your fault. Obesity is a complex disease that is often times misunderstood. In addition to the genetic component of the disease, there are environmental, behavioral, social, psychological, and emotional factors that can all contribute to morbid obesity.

Breaking the Cycle of Obesity

Sadly, in our society today, making fun of overweight people seems to be the last acceptable form of discrimination. We believe this is unacceptable. We are determined to do all we can to help those who live with obesity to achieve a healthy weight for life.

If you suffer from morbid obesity, you know the cycle all too well. You diet and lose weight only to gain back the weight you have lost (and more). Along with your discouragement comes frustration, followed by feelings of guilt and shame. And the cycle starts all over again.

You are not alone, and obesity is not your fault.

People on diets, exercise programs or weight loss medications are able to lose approximately ten percent of their excess body weight, but tend to regain two-thirds of that weight within one year, and almost all of the weight is regained within five years.

Less than five percent of people in weight loss programs are able to maintain their weight loss after five years.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

One way to determine whether you are obese is by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI).

An individual whose BMI is in the 25-29.9 range is considered overweight
A BMI of 30 or higher signals obesity
A BMI of 40 or greater is considered morbidly obese, or obesity at a level significant enough to be life-threatening.

If you are obese, weight loss surgery may be an option to help you control your weight.

To qualify for weight loss surgery, you should:

  • Have a Body Mass Index of 40 or greater with or without comorbidities (medical problems or conditions that negatively affect your health)
  • Have a BMI between 35 and 40 with at least two comorbidities related to obesity
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Be able to show serious past attempts to lose weight medically, through exercise or through programs, such as Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig®
  • Have no significant problems - physical, medical, emotional or psychological - that would make surgery unnecessarily risky
  • Be able to participate in treatment and lifetime follow-up

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We’re here to help.

Weight loss surgery has been proven to be an appropriate and successful treatment for the disease of obesity.3 In fact, surgical treatment for the disease of obesity is the only proven solution for long-term weight loss and resolution of co-morbidities and associated diseases or conditions caused by obesity.

The Davis Clinic specializes in providing individuals with the most current weight loss surgery procedures available today because it works.

To schedule an appointment, call (713)464-6000, select option 1.


1 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)/American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Obesity Task Force. Endor Pract.1998; 4:297-330.

2 Finkelstein EA, Fiebelkorn IC, Wang G. State-Level Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity. Obes Res 2004;12:18-24.

3 American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity. [Online] 21 February 2005.