Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?
If you’re suffering from obesity, you’ve likely tried many dieting, exercise and weight loss techniques. These methods often promise quick results, but rarely provide long-term weight loss, and unfortunately, short-term weight loss is not a practical solution to obesity. Research has shown that bariatric surgery has a very good chance of helping you achieve long-term, sustainable weight loss.
Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgeons generally look at the entire scope of your health when determining whether or not bariatric surgery is right for you. These are some of the general guidelines in terms of what they’re looking for:
- Body mass index (BMI) above 40.
- Have a BMI between 30 and 40, as well as an obesity-related condition that would benefit from weight loss.
- A history of failed attempts at nonsurgical approaches to weight loss.
Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?
If you believe that you’re an ideal candidate for weight loss surgery but aren’t sure if it’s a candidate for you, here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- Have I tried traditional methods of weight loss, including dieting, food journaling and exercise?
- Am I ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary, including daily exercise and reduced calorie dieting?
- Am I aware of the surgery’s side effects and the slight chance that it may not help me lose weight?
- Am I committed to life-long follow up appointments with a weight loss specialist?
- Do I have a support system in place to help me get the best results after surgery?
If you’re interested in weight loss surgery and answered “yes” to those questions, then weight loss surgery may be an option for you.