Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can be essential for feeling your best and achieving optimal health. Today, there is a wide variety of bariatric surgery treatments that are designed to help people lose weight. There are several signs to look for which indicate that bariatric surgery may be right for you.
You are an adult that is obese.
If you are obese, meaning that you have a BMI of at least 30, and you are over the age of 18, you may be a good candidate for bariatric surgery. Unless they are extremely obese, these treatments are not performed on teenagers. Bariatric surgery can be particularly beneficial for individuals whose current weight is affecting their health. Conditions that may be improved through gastric surgery include type 2 diabetes, severe sleep apnea, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
You understand the benefits and risks that come with bariatric surgery.
Both surgical and minimally invasive weight loss procedures should be taken seriously and, in many cases, should only be considered if the patient has exhausted other weight loss options, such as dieting and exercise. Like any serious medical procedure, bariatric surgery comes with risks. Some of the risks associated with weight loss surgeries can include blood clots, infection, hernias, and malnutrition. Benefits of these procedures can include weight loss and improved health.
You are ready to make long-term dietary and lifestyle changes.
When you commit to bariatric surgery, it should be with the mindset of long-term health and results. To achieve these goals, you should be prepared to make both dietary and lifestyle changes according to your doctor’s recommendations. For example, your doctor may advise that you participate in a long-term follow-up plan, regularly exercise, attend weight loss support groups, and remove certain foods from your diet.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.