Who needs Bariatric Surgery?
Gastric bypass and another type of weight loss surgery collectively are known as bariatric surgery. In this surgery, there is surgical changes made to your stomach and digestive system that limit how much food you can eat and how many nutrients you absorb that eventually leads to weight loss.
It may sound very appealing but the bariatric surgery is not recommended for everyone. Like any major procedure, it has significant health risks and side effects of its own. In addition, the long-term success of such surgery depends on your ability to make permanent changes in your lifestyle. When you want that you should be considered for the bariatric surgery then you must undergo a thorough evaluation to determine if it’s suitable for your case or not.
Bariatric surgery is a major life-changing surgery. While the surgery can help you reduce your risk of weight-related health problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and sleep apnea it can also pose major risk and complications. You need to meet certain medical rule to qualify for weight-loss surgery. Bariatric surgery could be an option for you if:
- The effort to lose weight with diet control and exercise have been unsuccessful
- Your body mass index is 40 or higher
- You have serious weight-related health issues like diabetes, blood pressure, and severe sleep apnea
- You are a teenager and you have BMI which is 35 or more and have serious health problem being obese
Even when you meet these general guidelines you still may need to meet certain medical guidelines to qualify for weight-loss surgery. You have to undergo an extensive screening process. The group of health professionals like doctors, dietitian, psychologist, and surgeon evaluate the form of weight loss surgery that will be suitable for you. The evaluation also determines if you are psychologically ready for surgery. As the procedure may increase the risk for people having a mental condition that is not effectively managed.
- Your nutrition and weight loss history: It includes reviews of your weight trends, diet attempt, eating habits, motivation and another factor
- You medical condition: Some health conditions increase the risk associated with having surgery like liver disease, kidney stones, nutritional deficiency, blood clots etc. The result of all these check and evaluation may help to determine eligibility for weight- loss surgery.
- Psychological status: Certain mental health conditions may contribute to obesity or make it more difficult for you to maintain the health benefits of surgery.