Debbie Wong, M.D.

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  • Services: Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Multidisciplinary Approach. Specialize in bariatric-Metabolic-General and Minimal Invasive Surgery. Certified bythe American Board of Surgery and Trained in Bariatric Center of Excellence at University of Miami, Florida. Performs procedures including laparoscopic adjustable band placement, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Roux n Y Gastric Bypass. Performs foregut surgery including repair of hiatal and paraesophageal hernia, as well as Nissen Dundoplication (reflux surgery). Performs revisional surgeries including sleeve gastrectomy, conversion of gastric band to gastric bypass and conversion of sleeve to bypass. Other general surgery procedures for breast, gallbladder, appendix, small bowel, colon. Repair of Hernias: umbilical, ventral, inguinal (TAPP and TEP methods).
  • Contact Information: Paitilla Medical Center, Floor #3, Office #314 Telephone +507 6341-5002 / Punta Pacifica Hospital, Floor #5, Office #508 Telephone: +507 204-8315.
  • Preferred Hospitals: Punta Pacifica Hospital, Paitilla Medical Center

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Obesity and being overweight is defined as an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat. Obesity has multiple causes not only unhealthy eating habits, genetic factors are also involved, sedentarism, bad sleeping habits, medication, alcoholism, smoking , mood disorders.

Obesity and especially morbid obesity increases the risk for health problems; it shortens life expectancy. Morbidly obese patients live 10-15 years less than the rest of the population. The risk of dying due to complications because of diabetes or heart attacks are increased 5-7 times more. Obesity is associated with psychological, social and economic consequences.

The most common way to find out if you are overweight or obese is to calculate your body mass index (BMI). You can calculate your BMI with your own measurements with the option I give you on the page. You can also measure your waist circumference, taking as reference to measure the superior border of your iliac crest, with the patient standing up with a measuring tape, non-extensible, with your clothes loosened and taking into account the bony structures we have referenced. It can be measured with the patient laying down on his back and using umbilicus as reference point. There is not a great difference between both measurements if the observer is the same. The risk of developing health problems increases if your waist circumference is greater than 35 inches in women and greater than 40 inches in men. You’re at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

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