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Absorption: Process by which digested food is absorbed by the lower part of the small intestine into the bloodstream.

Adipose: Fatty; pertaining to fat

Anastomosis: Surgical connection between two structures

Bariatric: Pertaining to Weight or weight reduction

BMI: Body Mass Index-Method of calculating degree of excess weight. Based on weight and body surface area.

Cardiovascular: Pertaining to heart and blood vessels

Clinically Severe Obesity: Body Mass Index of 40 or more, which is roughly equivalent to 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight; a weight level that is life risking. Also known as Morbid Obesity.

Co-Morbid: Associated illness (i.e., arthritis, hypertension) disabling conditions associated with clinically severe obesity or obesity-related health conditions.

Colon: Large intestine beginning at the end of the small intestine and ending at the rectum.

Contraindications: 

Any symptom or circumstance indicating the inappropriateness of an otherwise advisable treatment (i.e., alcoholism; drug dependency; severe depression; sociopathic (antisocial) personality disorder)

Criteria: Defines potential candidate for surgery

Digestion: Process by which food is broken down by stomach and upper small intestine into absorbable forms

Dilation: Process of enlarging a passage or anastomosis

Disease: Process injurious to health and/or longevity

Divided Gastric Bypass: Operation providing a tool for management of clinically severe obesity.

Dumping Syndrome: Uncomfortable feeling of nausea, lightheadedness, upset stomach, diarrhea, associated with ingestion of sweets, high-calorie liquids or dairy products.

Duodenum: 

First 12″ of small intestine immediately below stomach. Bile and pancreatic fluids flow into the duodenum through ducts from liver and pancreas respectively.

Gastric: Pertaining to stomach.

Gastric Bypass: Operation designed to make non-functional a portion of the stomach.

Gastrointestinal: Pertaining to stomach or intestine

Gastrojejunostomy anastomosis: Upper connection of the Gastric Bypass operation

Gastroplasty: Operation for morbid obesity which reshapes the stomach

Genetic: Pertains to transmitted hereditary characteristics

Hernia: A weakness in the abdominal wall resulting in a detectable bulge

Herniation: Process in which a hernia is formed

Hyperosmolality: Presence of highly concentrated substances capable of producing dumping syndrome

Hypertension: High Blood Pressure

Lleum: Ten feet of small intestine, responsible for absorption

Jejunum: Ten feet of small intestine; the part responsible for digestion

Kilogram: Measure of weight equal to 2.2 pounds

Laparoscopy: Method of visualizing and treating intra-abdominal problems with long fiber-optic instruments

Morbid: Pertaining to disease, illness, increased risk of death

Morbid Obesity: Body Mass Index of 40 or more, which is roughly equivalent to 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight; a weight level that is life risking

Mortality: Pertaining to death

Multi-disciplinary: Team approach to evaluation and treatment of clinically severe obesity; includes surgical, internal medicine, nutrition, psychiatric, and exercise physiology assessment and treatment

NIH: National Institutes of Health

NIH Consensus Report: Summaries of meetings regarding clinically severe obesity and assessment and treatment of obesity; issued periodically by NIH.

Obesity: Pertaining to excessive weight or adipose tissue

Obstructions: Narrowing of an anastomosis or segment of gastrointestinal tract which retards normal passage of food or waste materials

Psychotherapy: Evaluation and treatment of mentally related disorders

Pulmonary: Pertains to the lungs

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: A surgical method of reconnecting the stomach and upper small intestines in roughly a Y shape.

Staples: Surgically sterile devices for connecting tissue; usually permanent and made of stainless steel or titanium

Strictures: Narrowing of anastomosis or section of intestine; often related to scarring or ulcers

Therapy: Treatment

Type 2 Diabetes: A disorder of glucose and insulin metabolism

VBG: Vertical Banded Gastroplasty: A type of operation to treat clinically severe obesity. Reshapes and restricts the stomach.

The following weight table indicates ideal weight by height. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of 20 percent or more above your ideal body weight is the point at which excess weight becomes a health risk. This weight table does not take into account body frame and build. Those with larger frames will weigh more than those with smaller frames.

Male
Height Ideal Weight
4′ 6″ 63 – 77 lbs.
4′ 7″ 68 – 84 lbs.
4′ 8″ 74 – 90 lbs.
4′ 9″ 79 – 97 lbs.
4′ 10″ 85 – 103 lbs.
4′ 11″ 90 – 110 lbs.
5′ 0″ 95 – 117 lbs.
5′ 1″ 101 – 123 lbs.
5′ 2″ 106 – 130 lbs.
5′ 3″ 112 – 136 lbs.
5′ 4″ 117 – 143 lbs.
5′ 5″ 122 – 150 lbs.
5′ 6″ 128 – 156 lbs.
5′ 7″ 133 – 163 lbs.
5′ 8″ 139 – 169 lbs.
5′ 9″ 144 – 176 lbs.
5′ 10″ 149 – 183 lbs.
5′ 11″ 155 – 189 lbs.
6′ 0″ 160 – 196 lbs.
6′ 1″ 166 – 202 lbs.
6′ 2″ 171 – 209 lbs.
6′ 3″ 176 – 216 lbs.
6′ 4″ 182 – 222 lbs.
6′ 5″ 187 – 229 lbs.
6′ 6″ 193 – 235 lbs.
6′ 7″ 198 – 242 lbs.
6′ 8″ 203 – 249 lbs.
6′ 9″ 209 – 255 lbs.
6′ 10″ 214 – 262 lbs.
6′ 11″ 220 – 268 lbs.
7′ 0″ 225 – 275 lbs.
Female
Height Ideal Weight
4′ 6″ 63 – 77 lbs.
4′ 7″ 68 – 83 lbs.
4′ 8″ 72 – 88 lbs.
4′ 9″ 77 – 94 lbs.
4′ 10″ 81 – 99 lbs.
4′ 11″ 86 – 105 lbs.
5′ 0″ 90 – 110 lbs.
5′ 1″ 95 – 116 lbs.
5′ 2″ 99 – 121 lbs.
5′ 3″ 104 – 127 lbs.
5′ 4″ 108 – 132 lbs.
5′ 5″ 113 – 138 lbs.
5′ 6″ 117 – 143 lbs.
5′ 7″ 122 – 149 lbs.
5′ 8″ 126 – 154 lbs.
5′ 9″ 131 – 160 lbs.
5′ 10″ 135 – 165 lbs.
5′ 11″ 140 – 171 lbs.
6′ 0″ 144 – 176 lbs.
6′ 1″ 149 – 182 lbs.
6′ 2″ 153 – 187 lbs.
6′ 3″ 158 – 193 lbs.
6′ 4″ 162 – 198 lbs.
6′ 5″ 167 – 204 lbs.
6′ 6″ 171 – 209 lbs.
6′ 7″ 176 – 215 lbs.
6′ 8″ 180 – 220 lbs.
6′ 9″ 185 – 226 lbs.
6′ 10″ 189 – 231 lbs.
6′ 11″ 194 – 237 lbs.
7′ 0″ 198 – 242 lbs.

Weight table information provided by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

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