Bariatric surgery right for me? As the obesity epidemic grows, weight-loss surgery is becoming more common. Learn about the screening process that will help decide if it is the right choice for you.
Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?
Obesity is a national epidemic associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is a highly effective tool to improve patient health dramatically and includes a variety of procedures performed on people who suffer from severe obesity
Who Should Consider Bariatric Surgery?
Not everyone should consider bariatric surgery. People should try appropriate dieting, exercise, and other ways to lose weight before considering bariatric surgery. However, if you have failed at multiple diets and cannot get your medical problems related to weight under control you should consider bariatric surgery.
According to American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery:
- BMI ≥ 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight.
- BMI ≥35 and at least one or more obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.
- Inability to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time with prior weight loss efforts.
A person should also consider bariatric surgery if they have no medical or hormonal reason for the obesity; they are fully informed about bariatric surgery and have realistic expectations of weight loss and possible complications; they accept the risks of bariatric surgery; they demonstrate a willingness to make dramatic lifelong changes in lifestyle, dietary habits, and exercise; and they commit to medical follow-up.
When considering bariatric surgery, keep in mind that the weight loss is part of your experience. The most important health benefit bariatric surgery provides is an effective cure or relief of diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other co-morbidities associated with obesity.
To learn more about bariatric surgery at Bariatric Solutions Center for Weight Loss Surgery, contact us or call our Patient Coordinator at (619) 308-7080.