Who Should Consider Weight Loss Surgery?
Bariatric Surgery is a tool that aids in weight loss, resolution of co-morbid conditions and increased quality of
life for patients. In order to achieve and maintain success following bariatric surgery, proper diet, vitamin
supplementation and daily exercise are essential. Our staff have created a program that will help patients
achieve success before and after surgery.
Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery ?
The National Institute for Health consensus conference in 1991 established widely accepted guidelines and indications for the surgical management of severe obesity. Weight loss surgery is designed for individuals with a BMI of 40 or greater and whose weight severely impairs their quality of life. Individuals with a BMI between 35-40 who have known co-morbidities may also be considered for surgery.
There are many factors that determine whether a person would make a good candidate for bariatric surgery. A previous non-surgical attempt at weight loss must be documented. This may include a physician assisted program. Some insurance companies will require one to have attempted such a program as criteria for coverage of a weight loss surgery. Another factor in determining if someone is a candidate for surgery is their understanding and commitment to the life-long changes that will be required to make this a success. The benefits, risks and complications will all be explained in depth to enable one to decide whether they are able to make this commitment.
Good results after the surgical procedure require continued dieting and an exercise plan. It is essential that one understand this concept and not have the expectation that the operation will remove personal responsibility and dedication from the weight loss equation.
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