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Are You A Good Candidate For Obesity Surgery

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What is Obesity Surgery?

Are you struggling with obesity? Have you fought and battled to lose weight for many years but never really achieved your desired results? Is your health suffering because of your weight? If any of these questions are familiar to you, then you may have considered obesity surgery. It’s not something to enter lightly. However, for many it can be the weight loss cure they need to get healthy.

Obesity surgery is the common name for Bariatric surgery or gastric bypass surgery. There are actually several different approaches to this type of surgery. Generally speaking, the size of the stomach is reduced by removing a portion of it or by placing a band around it. The intestines can then be re-routed to the stomach. This reduces the size of the stomach and thereby restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at any meal. When food is restricted, calories are restricted and weight loss often occurs.

Candidacy Varies

Hospitals and surgery practices have different rules and guidelines for their patients. Generally the following criteria must be met to be considered a good candidate for obesity surgery:

  • BMI, Body Mass Index, of 35 or higher
  • Obesity related conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea
  • At least 100 pounds above estimated healthy weight
  • At least 18 or older
  • Have tried non-surgical weight loss methods without success
  • Committed to long-term lifestyle changes which include, but aren’t limited to, diet changes, exercise, lifestyle changes and other potential medical requirements

You’re Not a Good Candidate If…

You’re not a good candidate for obesity surgery if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Additionally, if you have certain medical conditions, including some gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, then it may not be the right solution for you. Heart disease, mental disorders or an autoimmune disease may also prevent you from being a candidate for obesity surgery.

What to Expect

Once you decide that you’re interested in obesity surgery, your doctor will give you a comprehensive physical to help determine if you’re a good candidate. You’ll be apprised of the potential risks and also what to expect after the surgery. The good news is that the surgery is minimally invasive and the risks are fairly low.

According to surgery reports the average three-year weight loss for patients who have undergone obesity surgery is about 62 percent of their excess weight. Additionally, 90% of patients report an improvement in their obesity-related conditions like type two diabetes.

But it’s important to note that the surgery isn’t a magic cure. If you have obesity surgery you’ll need to follow the exercise and dietary guidelines laid out by your doctors to attain the weight loss. It’s still up to you to achieve the results. The surgery simply helps give you a start in the right direction.




About Ken Black

I am 55 years old, like to Golf, surf the Net, read Christian books and watch videos. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I am also an author and publisher on the Web. Visit my Google Plus page at Google

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