Dr. Carlos Barba is a general surgeon in Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas. He studied at the University of Montreal and the University of Pennsylvania and then did a fellowship in trauma and critical care. Early in his career he moved to Hartford, Connecticut and began specializing in bariatric surgery since there was no one handling that type of surgery at that time and he was trained to do it. He became a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) and then was involved in creating the first ASMBS Center of Excellence in Connecticut in 2005.
Contrary to what some people might think, weight loss surgery is more about health than just a cosmetic procedure. Even though the patient’s self-esteem might play a role in their deciding to have weight loss surgery, more often than not, it’s the health risks associated with obesity that weigh on their minds a lot more than their expanding waistline.
Weight loss has been on people’s minds for ages. It improves general health and leads to a better quality of life. Among the many weight loss options an overweight person has, bariatric, or weight loss, surgery is perhaps one of the most sought after procedures these days.
Today, over 40 percent of the American population is considered medically obese. Medical obesity denotes a body mass index or BMI of 30 and above. Understanding how body weight affects overall health may motivate many patients to try to lose weight. When attempting to preserve health well into old age, patients must try to bring themselves to a healthy BMI.
Belly fat or visceral fat is dangerous in large quantities. It produces chemicals and hormones that promote insulin resistance and inflammation.