NJ Bariatric Surgery Options
Bariatric surgery should be reserved as a last option for patients who have been unable to lose substantial amounts of weight through diet and exercise, and whose physical condition warrants immediate action to prevent life threatening consequences of obesity.
The decision to undergo bariatric surgery must ultimately be a commitment to recapturing your health. Success after surgery depends upon your commitment to proper nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and self-awareness. The decision to move forward is made only after our team has performed a thorough evaluation and developed a plan for you.
To be considered as a surgical candidate, individuals must meet the following criteria:
- Age between 18 and 60
- Body Mass Index of 40 or above
- Body Mass Index of 35-40 with significant associated health problems
- Multiple serious past attempts at weight loss
- Commitment to certain lifestyle changes
- Commitment to follow-up appointments with Bariatric Team
- Absence of Drug or Alcohol addiction
- Full understanding of the surgery and associated risks
Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI is a measurement of obesity, based on your height and weight. It gives a good indication of whether your weight is healthy for your height. The higher the BMI, the greater the risk of multi-system organ failure due to obesity, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, vascular disease, joint disease, etc.
- Ideal BMI (18.5 – 24.9)
- Overweight (25 – 29.9)
- Obese (over 30)
- Severely Obese (over 35)
- Morbid Obesity (over 40)
Ideal BMI (18.5 – 24.9)
If your BMI falls within this range you are at your ideal, healthy weight and at low risk for weight-related health problems. You do not need to consider a weight reduction program.
Overweight (25 – 29.9)
You may be at risk for weight-related health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions. You should consider speaking with a nutritional counselor to help you change your style of eating and also exercise for at least 30 minutes three times per week.
Obese (over 30)
You are at high risk for weight-related health problems. You should actively pursue a weight loss strategy of calorie reduction and increased physical activity. Our team can guide you.
Severely Obese (over 35)
You are at significantly high risk for weight-related health problems including damage to your heart, kidneys, brain and other organs, damage to your hip and knee joints due to excessive weight load and other medical conditions. You may also be experiencing problems with personal hygiene resulting from significant skin excess. Weight loss strategies may not be working for you. If you are experiencing at least two weight-related health problems, you may qualify for bariatric surgery.
Morbidly Obese (over 40)
You have probably already developed weight-related health problems. Most likely, you qualify for bariatric surgery. Your condition already places you in a life threatening situation and it is imperative that you seek treatment right away. In terms of life expectancy, your condition is no less serious than cancer. Typical weight loss associated with successful bariatric surgery can save your life and halt the progression or even reverse some conditions that might adversely affect the quality of your life, and it will most likely extend your life expectancy.