What is Morbid Obesity?

Morbid obesity refers to a condition where an individual’s body mass index (BMI) exceeds 35. This condition typically occurs as a result of excess fat being stored in the body. People who consume more calories than what their body can burn, will gradually build up fat, which can eventually take the form of morbid obesity.

Certain illnesses, medications or heredity factors may also contribute to this condition. Morbid obesity can be corrected with bariatric surgery. Dr. Wiljon Beltre who is board certified in general surgery by ABS provides weight loss procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and surrounding communities.


Complications of Morbid Obesity

Morbid obesity is a serious health concern, which should be medically addressed. In absence of appropriate treatment, it can contribute to other health problems, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Heart Disease and Blood Lipid Abnormalities
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Reproductive Problems
  • Gallstones
  • Certain Cancers
  • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • Metabolic Syndrome

Experienced bariatric surgeon Dr. Beltre provides safe, proven and effective surgical solutions to morbid obesity.



There is no scientific data to determine the most effective way to induce sustainable weight loss, but in general, a balanced diet and regular exercise are vital to good health. Stress management techniques can also help to address the problem of snacking or overeating during stressful conditions. It is important to work with a weight loss physician or surgeon who can guide an individual to lose weight in a scientific and healthy manner.

Some people choose weight loss medications to get rid of obesity, but the problem with these drugs is that most people tend to quickly regain weight once they stop using the medication. Some medications and herbal remedies may claim to help with weight loss, but it is important to check if their claims have been scientifically verified.



Bariatric surgery is a proven procedure to treat morbid obesity. It can often also help to mitigate the risk of associated diseases such as sleep apnea, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The most common weight loss surgeries include:


Gastric Banding Surgery  

In this procedure, a band will be placed around the upper portion of the patient’s stomach to limit the amount of food they can eat at a given time. The patient will naturally feel full after eating small amounts of food. A scientifically managed weight loss program along with this surgery can help the patient to become free of morbid obesity.


Gastric Bypass Surgery

This surgery is designed to alter the way the food eaten by a patient travels through their digestive tract. The food bypasses a part of the stomach and small bowel. Therefore, the individual will feel full when they have eaten a small amount of food.

Accomplished bariatric surgeon Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and other cities in the vicinity for innovative and advanced weight loss surgery procedures.


Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.

To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery
Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.

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