Many people become frustrated with weight loss, especially when efforts such as diet and exercise don’t seem to work. While eating well and exercising regularly are essential to health, and can help many people lose weight, for some people it simply isn’t enough to eat well and exercise. For certain people, bariatric surgery may be the best option for losing weight and reducing the risk of weight-related health problems. How do you know whether bariatric surgery is right for you?
Are Your Weight Loss Efforts Unsuccessful? As mentioned above, weight loss strategies including diet and exercise must be shown not to be effective before bariatric surgery should be considered. However, if previous weight loss efforts have not been successful, then bariatric surgery may be an option.
Do You Have a BMI of 40 or Higher? A BMI of 40 or higher indicates obesity, and may signal that it’s time to consider bariatric surgery if other weight loss methods are ineffective. Undergoing bariatric surgery may help prevent the risk of future weight-related health problems.
Do You Have Weight-Related Health Problems? If your BMI falls between 35 and 39, you may be eligible for bariatric surgery if you also experience weight-related health problems (e.g. Type 2 diabetes).
Have You Been Evaluated By Medical Staff? Patients considering bariatric surgery should be evaluated by medical staff in order to ensure that they are physically healthy enough to undergo surgery. In addition, patients should be evaluated in order to determine whether they are psychologically ready for bariatric surgery. Finally, age should be taken into consideration. Bariatric surgery is safest for patients between the ages of 18 and 65.
If you think that bariatric surgery might be the right option for you, please call our office at or contact us for more information. We would love to speak with you about whether bariatric surgery may be appropriate for your situation.