Are You Ready for Bariatric Surgery
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Who is a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
Weight loss surgery is intended to help people who have significant amounts of weight to lose and who have other health conditions that would be ameliorated with losing weight. The goal of the surgery is for patients to lose at least 50% of their excess weight in the first year post-surgery and keep it off for life.
Generally, weight loss surgery may be a good option for you if you are:
- Over 18 years of age
- Have a body mass index (BMI) over 40
- Are more than 100 pounds overweight
- Have not been able to lose weight through traditional diet and exercise efforts
- Have a BMI between 35 and 40 but have potentially life threatening obesity-related medical complications (diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc.)
Weight loss surgery in these circumstances is usually deemed medically necessary and therefore covered by most insurance plans.
It is important to remember that successful weight loss surgery requires more than the surgeon making your stomach smaller; it requires you to be motivated and committed to making the lifestyle changes necessary to lose the weight and keep it off. If you choose to move forward with weight loss surgery, you have to commit to the post-surgical regimen of reduced calorie consumption, moderate exercise and follow up care. We will support you with nutritional education, counseling and monitoring and we will be your cheerleader for every pound you lose.
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Being overweight can lead to serious, even life-threatening consequences to your overall health. Fortunately, losing weight can help improve many of these health issues and illnesses. These ‘co-morbidities’ can include:
- Diabetes (Type 2)
- Heartburn and GERD
- High blood pressure and heart disease
- Menstrual irregularities, infertility issues and birth defects
- Sleep apnea and respiratory issues
- Urinary stress incontinence
Many people who undergo bariatric surgery see a reduction in symptoms of their weight-related diseases and often reduce the amount of medications they require to manage those diseases.
Another significant benefit of bariatric surgery is the improved quality of life patients can achieve. From higher self-esteem and self-confidence to being able to take a more active role with your friends and family, losing significant amounts of weight can help you become a more active participant in your life.