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Covid-19 and Obesity: What is my risk?

As we have all been at home dealing with this pandemic, our NYBG providers have been closely looking at data emerging from around the world regarding the risk of severe Covid-19 illness in our patients.

Data from China, Seattle, New York and France showed that patients with a BMI over 40 were much more likely to be hospitalized for Covid-19, more likely to be admitted to ICU and more likely to be intubated. This progression also means a higher mortality rate for our patients.

Together, these studies clearly show that obesity is a major risk factor for the development of severe Covid-19 disease. This risk appears to be independent of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease.

Scientists are only now beginning to understand why this risk exists. One-way obesity increases risk is its effect on pulmonary function. Obesity is associated with decreased lung volumes and weaker respiratory muscles that are important in fighting Covid-19 disease. Obesity increases abdominal pressure when supine which makes ventilation more difficult. Obesity has been shown to be a pro-inflammatory disease, and elevated cytokines in the blood may predispose obese patients to a more severe immune reaction to the disease. Finally, obesity is also associated with diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease, all of which increase the risk of developing pneumonia.

The good news is that successful weight loss surgery reverses the pulmonary and metabolic changes associated with obesity and lowers your risk of severe illness substantially.

At the New York Bariatric Group, we have worked to create a One Day workup where you can get all required clearances in our office in one day. Many insurance companies in New York have eliminated requirements for medical weight loss programs which means we can get you to surgery in 1-2 months from your initial consultation.

Given the concerns expressed about a possible second wave of the Covid-19 virus in the fall, now is the time get started.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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