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Am I A Candidate For Surgery?

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:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be at least 75 pounds or more overweight (having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 – 39.9) and suffering from one or more obesity-related diseases (such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, heart or lung disease); or be at least 100 pounds or more overweight (having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • Have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through a structured medical weight-loss program that included diet, exercise and lifestyle changes
  • Be experiencing personal, work-related, or relationship problems due to obesity;
  • Be willing and able to commit to long-term medical follow-up, as well as rigorous, life-long changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle habits that will be necessary to meet and maintain your weight loss and health goals after surgery;
  • Be willing to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if you are emotionally healthy enough to understand the ramifications of their decision;

  • 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.

    * Results may vary

      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: 

      • High blood pressure
      • High cholesterol
      • Type 2 diabetes
      • Heart disease/Angina/Congestive heart failure
      • Stroke
      • Arthritis
      • Asthma 
      • Sleep apnea
      • Back and joint pain
      • Pregnancy complications, including diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and C-section delivery
      • Menstrual irregularity and infertility in women
      • Bladder problems
      • Gallstones
      • Kidney stones
      • Liver disease
      • Carpal tunnel syndrome
      • Gout
      • Poor heat tolerance
      • Complications and infections after surgery
      • Skin infections
      • Depression and eating disorders
      • Endometrial, breast, prostate, kidney, esophageal and colon cancers
      • Family history of any of the above

      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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