am i a candidate?

When looking at the option of bariatric surgery, make sure that this is the best choice possible for your weight loss needs. Candidates who have struggled with obesity and its associated medical problems while have difficulty losing weight are prime candidates for weight loss surgery. If you have undergone weight loss surgery and are having complications with it, then reach out to the office or your doctor, and we can make corrections to any issues you are experiencing.

Candidates for bariatric surgery should be experiencing one of the following:

  • Your attempts at documented weight loss have been unsuccessful.
  • You have been morbidly obese for at least three years.
  • You are obese or have a BMI of 40 or higher, or you have a BMI of 35-39.9 with one of the following related to your obesity: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, diabetes, joint pain, or acid reflux disease.
  • You are healthy enough to undergo a significant elective operation.

Candidates should have the following:

  • Motivated commitment to making lifestyle changes like healthier eating habits, healthier food choices, and more physical activity.

Candidates should NOT have the following:

  • Significant heart disease
  • Active peptic ulcer disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug abuse
  • Hepatic cirrhosis with impaired liver function
  • Serious psychiatric disability
  • Very poor overall health

Post Surgery

After surgery, you can expect to experience a reduction in hunger, and you will not be able to eat as much food as you could before. However, surgery is not a quick fix for your obesity. You will have to undergo strict lifestyle changes to reach your goal weight. Commitment to your diet and exercise regimen is paramount for success and long-term fulfillment.

These types of surgeries require a commitment to post-operation diets and exercise programs. If you are unable to follow the programs, then you could cause severe damage to your body. Please put serious thought into your commitment to this process before consulting your doctor. Your doctor can evaluate your candidacy for bariatric surgery after you have considered your options and are still interested in this process.