Bingham Memorial Hospital Uses Modern Technology for Bariatric Treatment

Bingham Memorial Hospital, a medium sized hospital located in Blackfoot, Idaho, is not your average rural hospital. The health care unit started its activity about 50 years ago, but it has constantly grown since then, becoming one of the top employers in the entire Idaho state.

This is the list with the Bariatric Surgery procedures that are performed at BMH:

– Laparoscopic Gastric Banding;
– Sleeve Gastrectomy;
– R & Y Gastric Bypass

According to a statement made by hospital CEO Louis Kraml, Bingham Memorial Hospital has become a state of the art community hospital.  Obesity is now considered to be a chronic disease, and one that is gaining more and more importance, as the number of people that are affected by it is constantly growing.

With morbid obesity, serious negative health consequences occur as a direct result of extra weight. People that have a weight that’s greater than 200% in comparison with their ideal weight are suffering from morbid obesity. The same term is used to describe people that have an excess of 100 pounds of more, or have a body mass index value of over 40.

It is important to understand that for people that have a healthy weight, the BMI values will range from 18 to 25, while obese people are divided into five classes, with BMI values ranging from 30 to over 60.

About two thirds of the adult population suffers from obesity in the USA; what’s even more worrying is that a third of our children are overweight, while a staggering number of 10 million Americans are morbidly obese, being in a situation where the excess weight puts their health, and even life, in danger.

Things aren’t looking that good, but hospital CEO Louis Kraml works on a vision of the future, and through bariatric treatment methods, his hospital is making the needed steps in the right direction. But with obesity leading to death for close to half a million US citizens per year, the entire population must be made aware of the risks.

Recent studies have demonstrated that life expectancy decreases dramatically for the persons that suffer from obesity. The average lifespan decrease is seven years, for both men and women. Sitting right next to smoking, obesity is the second cause that leads to death.

Obesity-related co-morbidities include diabetes, respiratory diseases, sleep apnea, depression, high blood pressure, asthma and pulmonary disorder, high cholesterol levels, congestive heart failure, strokes, osteoarthritis, and many more.

So how does the bariatric surgery candidate look like? To begin with, the BMI values must be over 40. As a general rule, the patient should have over 100 extra pounds in comparison with his or her ideal weight. People interested in using BMH’s services should be 18 to 60 years old; there are exceptions, of course, depending on how healthy a particular person is.

Most of all, it is important to be dedicated and prepared to change your lifestyle, as well as be prepared to follow up with your doctor.

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