The decision to have bariatric surgery is a big one. There are a few risks and many benefits to weigh, and different types of surgical procedures to consider, such as Lap-Band revision and weight loss surgery. But before you get into all the little details, let’s see if you would make a good candidate for weight loss surgery.
Weight Loss Surgery Candidates
At Barnes Bariatric Solutions, there are a few requirements for bariatric surgery. Those include:
- A Body Mass Index of at least 35, meaning you are morbidly obese. Bariatric surgery is not for people who only need to shed a few pounds off their bodies.
- A history of attempting to lose weight through traditional means, such as diet and exercise. Bariatric surgery is not a replacement for a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.
- A willingness to commit to a healthy lifestyle. You will still need to make sure you are eating the right foods, staying active, and taking multivitamins post-surgery in order to make sure you get the most out of it.
- Dr. Barnes has a nutritionist in his office to educate patients before surgery, after surgery, and for long term success.
Nutrition and psychological exam are also required at Barnes Bariatric Solutions and by many insurance companies. This exam is to make sure that you understand the changes you will undergo and that you are emotionally prepared to make those changes.
Those are the specifics, but many candidates for bariatric surgery also find that they suffer from excess weight-induced health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, and joint pain. These diseases, and many more, are all caused by morbid obesity, and the majority of patients will see these diseases resolved, or improved If you fit the requirements and find that you can see a connection between your health issues and your weight, bariatric surgery may be an option for you to enjoy safe and sustainable weight loss.
To get started on your way to being healthier, contact Barnes Bariatric Solutions.