What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is a procedure designed to make the stomach smaller so the patient feels satisfied with less food. It is intended for people who are 100 pounds or more overweight (with a Body Mass Index of 40 or greater) and who have not had success with other weight loss therapies such as diet, exercise, medications, etc. A person with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater and one or more co-morbid condition also may qualify for bariatric surgery.
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
BMI is a measure used to index a person’s height and weight. BMI allows healthcare professionals and patients to better understand health issues associated with a specific weight classification (classifications such as obesity and morbid obesity).
You can use the tool below to calculate your BMI, and get a detailed report:
How do I know if I qualify for bariatric surgery?
Patients should have at least one of the following:
- 100 pounds or more of excess weight
- A BMI of 40 or greater
- A BMI of 35 or greater with one or more co-morbid condition such as hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea or others
Other common guidelines include:
- Understanding the risks of bariatric surgery
- Committing to dietary and other lifestyle changes as recommended by the surgeon
- Having a history of weight loss treatments having failed the patient
- Undergoing a complete examination including medical tests
Is bariatric surgery right for me?
Talk with your surgeon about the different surgical treatments, as well as the benefits and risks. Remember:
- Bariatric surgery is not cosmetic surgery.
- Bariatric surgery does not involve the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or surgical removal.
- The patient must commit to long-term lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, which are key to the success of bariatric surgery.
- Problems after surgery are rare, but corrective procedures may be required.