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Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Normally if you want to lose weight and get fit you only need to enroll at your local fitness gym, hire a coach and do sets of workout routine. However, for overweight people, it is a different case. Because of their addiction to food and inability to move as nimble as normal people, they require a special medical treatment to lose weight.

bariatric weight loss surgery

Overweight and obese people need bariatric weight loss surgery.

But how do you know if you need weight loss surgery? What are the criteria for it? Weight loss surgery is not for everyone, in fact, it is a life-changing decision that one will make that also requires a lot of strength and willpower. This isn’t liposuction or surgical sculpture in order to augment your physical appearance approximating that of what a fit person ought to look like. Bariatric surgery was developed in order to combat obesity and Overweightness and to give people a chance to become their true selves once more.

If you think you’re overweight or obese, then go to the nearest professional surgeon so he/she can determine whether or not you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. If the doctor has determined that you qualify for bariatric surgery, gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery or gastric sleeve surgery, then make all necessary preparations as soon as possible. Your surgeon should schedule you a date for the surgery and inform you accordingly.

The Body Mass Index (BMI)

Also known as the Quetelet index, the body mass index or BMI is a formula that was derived from dividing the height of a person – squared – by their weight (mass). The unit of measure used for this formula is kg/m2. Often surgeons who offer bariatric surgery, gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery or gastric sleeve surgery uses the BMI of a person in order to determine their qualification for the weight loss surgery. Technically, the BMI is not a means to specifically illustrate an individual’s percentage of body fat; however, it is very useful when categorizing an individual’s overall body weight versus the accepted standards.

To illustrate the margin of error that BMI has in calculating a person’s obesity, let us take for example someone who belongs in the BMI 40 category, this person is considered morbidly obese. However, there are people who have only 37 BMI and are still suffering from morbid obesity! So it only goes to show that BMI is only a means to an end and it is not the ultimate determining factor of an obese person and whether they’ll need weight loss surgery or not.

bmi chart

Here are the BMI ratios and their categories:

  • BMI 18.5 to 24.9: Healthy
  • BMI 25 to 29.9: Overweight
  • BMI 30 to 39.9: Obese
  • BMI 40 to 49.9: Morbidly Obese
  • BMI 50 or higher: Super Obese
  • Gastric Banding (Lap-Band) Surgery Candidacy

If you think you fit the description below, then you would be an appropriate candidate for gastric banding surgery (with the Lap Band). Continue reading to find out.

  • If you have BMI of 40 or higher. (This means that you are overweight and have an average weight of 45.4kgs or more.)
  • If you have a BMI between 30 – 36 and you’re suffering from one of more co-morbid health condition which is also obesity-related.
  • You’re 18 years old or older.
  • You have tried to lose weight fervently through diet and exercise, but have only experienced temporary weight loss success or was never successful.
  • You have no underlying health conditions that might cause abnormal weight gain.
  • You’re highly motivated to change your lifestyle, especially your eating habits.
  • You don’t consume too much alcohol.

You’re not currently pregnant. (In case the patient becomes pregnant, then the adjustable Lap Band may need to be deflated after it had been placed via bariatric weight loss surgery.)

Gastric Bypass Candidacy

gastric bypass surgery

  • If you have BMI of 40 or higher. (This means that you are overweight and have an average weight of 45.4kgs or more.)
  • Have a BMI of 35 or higher and suffer from one or more serious obesity-related co-morbid health conditions.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • May have passionately attempted to lose weight in the past more than once, but have little to no success from it.
  • You have no health conditions that may cause you to lose weight.
  • You are more than willing to make big changes to your lifestyle including your eating habits.
  • You don’t abuse alcohol consumption.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Candidacy

  • Have a BMI of at least 40.
  • You have one or more serious obesity-related co-morbid condition and your BMI is between 30 to 40.
  • You’re not a candidate for bariatric surgery, because of the risk factors if you’ll undergo the surgery has increased.
  • You’re between the age of 18 and 60 years old.
  • You’ve tried to lose weight before, but with minimal or zero success.
  • You have no preconditions or health problems that are a direct cause of your weight gain.
  • You have come to terms with yourself and are ready to modify your lifestyle with the objective to lose weight.
  • Do not excessively consume alcohol.

Basically, all these various bariatric surgery types should help you lose weight if you’re suffering from obesity or overweightness, provided you have the right mindset and are physically, mentally and emotionally prepared to undergo the procedure. Most people who are not genetically obese or are likely to be obese due to their genetic inheritance have a better chance at losing weight without having to go through bariatric weight loss surgery. So if you’ve reached a BMI of 35, then you had better decide to immediately go to your nearest ultimate fitness gym and burn all those calories until you’ll drop down to an ideal BMI. This will help you avoid becoming a candidate for weight loss surgery. Losing weight the natural way is so much better; however, in extreme cases we recommend do recommend the appropriate weight loss surgery for your BMI category.

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