Bariatric surgery is more than cosmetic — it can help you successfully reach a healthier weight and give you the opportunity to live a longer, healthier life. To be considered for weight loss surgery (such as gastric bypass surgery), you must meet certain criteria. Candidates must:
Surgery may be associated with its own set of problems, such as infection, poor wound healing, and rarely even death. Therefore, you and your surgeon should carefully discuss the risks of your current health condition compared to the risks and benefits of surgery.
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A good way to assess your weight is to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). Your BMI estimates how much you should weigh based on your height. For example, a woman who weighs 270 pounds and is 68 inches tall has a BMI of 41.0. Use the BMI Calculator below to determine your BMI to see what category you fall into and whether you need to be concerned about your weight. It is easy! Just input your height and weight then click the Calculate button.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is the medical standard for measuring the presence and degree of obesity. It is a ratio between height and weight that is associated with body fat and health risk.The higher your BMI, the greater your risk for certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and certain cancers.
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If you are morbidly obese, you have a much greater risk of developing a variety of serious co-morbid medical conditions compared to individuals who are not obese. You may also develop health problems at a younger age. These include:
Morbid obesity is second only to cigarette smoking as a leading cause of preventable death. Your doctor can discuss smoking cessation program options with you prior to surgery, if necessary.
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