Bariatric surgery is a type of procedure that is performed for the purpose of facilitating weight loss. Although bariatric surgery isn’t right for everyone, it has helped many people regain control over their weight and reduce their risk of serious health problems that can land them in the emergency care department. To find out if bariatric surgery might be right for you, consult a weight loss center at your local hospital.
You’ve Previously Attempted Weight Loss
Generally, bariatric surgeons recommend weight loss surgery for patients who have repeatedly tried to lose weight through diet and exercise. While these conservative methods are preferable, they don’t work for everyone. If your previous weight loss efforts have failed to achieve lasting results, you might consider bariatric surgery.
You Meet BMI Requirements
Your body mass index (BMI) is a strong factor in determining your eligibility for weight loss surgery. A bariatric surgeon might recommend this procedure for you if you are considered morbidly obese, or have a BMI over 40.
You Have Co-Existing Health Conditions
Even if your BMI is lower than 40, you could still be eligible for bariatric surgery if you fulfill other health criteria. If your BMI is over 35 and you have various health conditions that are related to obesity, you could still be eligible. These health conditions can include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obstructive sleep apnea. If you plan to have laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, you may have this surgery with a BMI over 30 plus weight-related conditions.
You’ve Committed to a Healthier Lifestyle
Bariatric surgery isn’t a “magic bullet” solution to weight loss. Good candidates for this type of procedure must be dedicated to leading a healthier lifestyle. After the surgery, your intake of food will be drastically restricted. You must also be committed to following a regular exercise program.
The bariatric surgery team at Fawcett Memorial Hospital provides extensive patient support, including psychological preparation, support groups, nutritional counseling, and follow-up care. If you’re ready to reclaim your health, consider having bariatric surgery at our Port Charlotte hospital. Residents of the North Port and Punta Gorda areas can call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1599 to inquire about our other healthcare services, including emergency care, senior care, and cardiac care.