Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure that allows those who have struggled to get results through diet and exercise finally achieve weight loss. Far more than a cosmetic procedure, bariatric surgery can play an important role in reversing obesity-related health conditions, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Is bariatric surgery the right choice for you? Here are some signs you’re a good candidate for this procedure.
You’ve Attempted Weight Loss on Your Own
Bariatric surgery is not the first-line treatment for obesity. Before considering surgery, your doctor will recommend that you make efforts to lose weight using diet, exercise, and weight loss medications. Typically, you must have been obese for at least three years before qualifying for surgery and must have made serious weight loss attempts during that period.
You Have Weight-Related Health Conditions
Doctors usually recommend bariatric surgery for patients with BMIs of 40 or higher. However, if you have weight-related health conditions, you may qualify for surgery if your BMI is 35 or higher. Some of these conditions are type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea. Because these conditions can be so dangerous to your health, the benefits of bariatric surgery far outweigh the risks for most patients.
You Can Commit to the Recovery
Bariatric surgery makes weight loss easier, but you still must stick to a new diet and exercise routine after surgery to ensure that the pounds come off. After surgery, it takes about nine to 12 weeks for patients to transition from a liquid diet to solid foods. You will eat very small meals that are high in protein to facilitate weight loss. Before surgery, your doctor may recommend a psychological evaluation to determine if you’re prepared for the changes that come with bariatric surgery.
If you’re interested in bariatric/weight loss surgery, call the Florida Bariatric Centers and ask for a FREE bariatric physician referral. We offer adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass, sleeve and revisional procedures. To attend one of our FREE informational seminars, please call (727) 470-6826.