Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
As we all know, carrying extra pounds can be detrimental to both our health and our self-image. Many people are able to control weight problems with diet and exercise. But for some people, such modifications are just not enough to successfully lose the weight and keep it off. These people may be candidates for bariatric weight loss surgery. Read below for a detailed explanation of the criteria that is used to determine eligibility for a surgical weight loss procedure, such as Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND®, and REALIZE® Band.
Who Is a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is more than just an operation to “look good” – it’s a lifelong commitment to better health. Candidates for these procedures typically meet certain guidelines and eligibility requirements. Bariatric surgery candidates are people who:
- Are 100 pounds or more overweight;
- Are at least 75 pounds overweight and have at least one major obesity-related health problem such as Type 2 Diabetes;
- Or have a body mass index between 35 and 60. New guidelines from the U.S. FDA now make it possible to perform LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, plus one obesity-related co-morbid condition.
- Have been overweight or obese for at least five years
- Have been unsuccessful with multiple attempts at weight loss through diet and exercise
- Understand that lifelong diligence and discipline are required to maintain weight loss and health benefits
- Are physically capable of enduring abdominal surgery
- Are willing to change their lifestyle and health habits
- Are not currently using tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes) or are willing to quit before surgery and remain tobacco free after surgery
- Have realistic expectations for treatment outcome
- Exhibit emotional stability
- Understand and follow nutritional requirements to avoid malnutrition after surgery
Every patient is different. If you are interested in bariatric surgery and feel that you may be a candidate, please contact Heart of America Bariatrics today to discuss your weight and health goals.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
BMI, or body mass index, is a calculation to assess your weight-height relationship. Typically, candidates for gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery have a BMI greater than 35. Individuals with a BMI of 30 or more, plus one obesity-related condition may be candidates for LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery. Use the chart below to estimate your BMI.
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