Who's a Good Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?


Bariatric surgery is ideal for people with a history of persistent obesity who want an active, healthy lifestyle. Weight loss surgery candidates must a have a BMI higher than 40 or more than 35 with obesity-related weight problems.

BMI is the estimated percentage of body fat depending on weight and height. As your BMI increases, the risk for conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and some cancers increase. In fact, an increase in BMI increases your risk of death. Having a BMI higher than 40 means one has morbid obesity.

Those who are morbidly obese need to try all non-surgical procedures to lose weight through exercise and diet before considering a bariatric procedure. Bariatric surgery is meant only for those who've consistently tried to lose weight without succeeding as the same effort has to continue after surgery.

All surgeries come with certain benefits, risks and complications. The final outcome of weight loss surgery depends on how much the surgeon educates their patient, the surgeon's experience as well as one's commitment to proper diet and keeping an exercise routine. Know more about the lap band to sleeve surgery.

There are three surgical procedures that are most often done for weight loss. Below is an overview of each procedure:

Gastric sleeve surgery, also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a gastric surgery which reduces the stomach by around 15% of its real size by surgically removing the larger part of the stomach. The intestines are not altered during the procedure. This procedure leads to fast weight loss, making it a great option for those with greater BMIs.

Gastric bypass surgery refers to a restrictive procedure that divides the patient's stomach into two parts, one large lower and one small upper stomach, with stapling. However, the procedure is malabsorptive as the surgeon bypasses the large intestine to connect the upper stomach with the small intestine. Food in the upper stomach travels straight to the small intestine, resulting in the body absorbing fewer calories.

Lap band surgery's an entirely restrictive surgery where a band is put around the uppermost portion of the stomach. As a result, the stomach is divided into two parts, one large lower and one small upper part. As this regulates the quantity of food that goes through the band, patients feel full quicker.

If you want to make permanent changes to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, have a BMI that's higher than 40 or higher than 35 with some weight-related conditions, and have a past of chronic obesity problems, you might be a perfect candidate for weight loss surgery.