Is Bariatric Surgery For You?
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Not a procedure to be undertaken lightly, bariatric surgery is a last-resort option for patients who have explored every other viable option. The decision to move forward with bariatric surgery is an-depth process involving your physician and healthcare team. If you are facing the life-threatening consequences of obesity and have been unable to lose a substantial amount of weight through diet and exercise, bariatric surgery may be a good option for you.
Obesity has devastating effects upon the body. People with severe, or morbid, obesity are extremely likely to have one or more obesity-associated conditions. Diseases associated with extreme obesity include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, heart disease, respiratory disorders, cancer, cerebrovascular disease and stroke, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), bone and joint damage or accidents, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, septicemia, liver disease, urinary incontinence, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, skin fold rashes, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, and more.
To be considered as a candidate for bariatric surgery, you should meet the following criteria:
- -You are between the ages of 18 and 60.
- -You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above.
- -You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 35 and 40 as well as significant related health problems.
- -You have made multiple serious attempts at weight loss which resulted in failure.
- -You have a commitment to post-surgery lifestyle changes including proper nutrition, exercise, and self-awareness.
- -You have a commitment to post-surgery follow=up appointments with your bariatric team.
- -You have no drug or alcohol addiction.
- -You have received a thorough education regarding the surgery and have a full understanding of the associated risks.
There are a variety of options available to bariatric surgery candidates. The most common procedures include gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS). Your bariatric team can help you through the process of deciding which bariatric surgery is right for you. Contact our plastic surgery office for more information.