Do I Qualify for Bariatric Surgery?

Do I Qualify for Bariatric Surgery?
Many people who struggle with obesity and their weight have tried to deal with the issue on their own. Some have initial success only to experience weight regain that ends in discouragement and giving up.This scenario can be a vicious cycle because once an individual’s BMI reaches 35+ it is very difficult for them to lose weight and keep it off without getting some type of help. In fact, statistics show their chances of reaching a normal body weight and maintaining it on their own is less than 1%.

Weight Loss Surgery May Be Right for You!

The good news is that there is help for these individuals through bariatric weight loss procedures. There have been many advances in bariatric weight-loss techniques and today, there are several surgical and non-surgical options available for these patients. Unfortunately, out of the many people who would qualify for bariatric surgery each year, only about 1-2% of them actually have surgery.

Experts are not sure if this is due to a lack of knowledge that such procedures exist, or if these patients do not know if surgery is the right answer for them.

So, how do you qualify for a weight loss surgery? Are there certain bariatric surgery requirements? Keep reading to learn more.

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is also known as weight loss surgery and there are several different procedures to choose from today. They all help patients lose weight by limiting the amount of food they can eat, and some also prevent the body from absorbing all the calories that are ingested resulting in significant weight loss.

All of the surgical procedures available change the shape of the stomach and the function of the digestive system. These procedures include gastric bypass, mini-gastric bypass, duodenal switch, gastric lap band, and gastric sleeve surgery.

How to Qualify for Bariatric Surgery

There is a pre-qualification process before a patient can undergo weight loss surgery, but it may surprise you. Many people ask, “How much do you have to weigh to get bariatric surgery?”. It is not so much about the actual number on the scale but the patient’s body mass index or BMI.

Your body mass index is determined through a calculation using your height, current weight, and gender. If you do not know what your BMI is you can check it now using our BMI calculator!

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BMI for Bariatric Surgery

To qualify for weight loss surgery, patients must have a BMI of 40+ or 35+ and also health-related conditions caused by their weight.

Weight-related health conditions may include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, hypertension, increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and more.

Further Qualifications for Bariatric Surgery

After a patient has established that their BMI is within the qualifying range, it is time to move on to the evaluation by a team of experts. This team will most likely include your doctor, a bariatric surgeon, and possibly, other specialists. This team is assembled to ensure your safety and wellbeing during the entire process.

Weight loss surgery doesn’t just help patients lose weight, it also alleviates and sometimes cures other conditions. Many patients have health conditions that are associated with their weight and are on medications that will need to be monitored and adjusted as weight loss progresses.

For example, a patient with high blood pressure (before losing weight) may require a certain dosage of daily medication. During the weight loss process, the dosage may need to be adjusted and may eventually result in the patient no longer needing the medication at all.

Weight loss is only a small portion of the treatment plan that will be put in place by a team of experts. The plan is established to help patients succeed and may include dietary guidelines, an exercise program, and possibly, a therapist. Patients will need to be willing to cooperate and follow a long-term plan to qualify and achieve success through bariatric surgery.

Can You Be Denied for Bariatric Surgery?

Yes, it is possible to be denied; even though you may meet the BMI qualifications for bariatric surgery, you may still be deemed ineligible under certain circumstances.

Often, a team of experts will look at your weight history, eating habits, stress, dieting attempts, overall health, history of blood clots or heart problems, or even mental health conditions (including eating disorders) before they determine if you are an eligible candidate for bariatric surgery.

If you are approved for the surgery, it could also be delayed if you are not medically ready, have not followed the pre-surgery dietary requirements, or the experts find you not psychologically ready to handle the commitment that will be necessary post-surgery.

What Are My Options if I Don’t Qualify for Bariatric Surgery?

You may be eligible for a non-surgical weight loss procedure, such as Obalon Balloon, Orbera Balloon or endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG). All of these options are non-surgical, do not require any incisions, a hospital stay or long recovery times.

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How Much Weight Do You Have to Lose before Bariatric Surgery?

There is not usually a magic weight loss number you must reach before you undergo bariatric surgery. Normally, the dietary restrictions that are required before bariatric surgery are there to ensure your safety during the surgical procedure.

In order to access the digestive system, the surgeon needs to get around the liver, which tends to be enlarged in people who are overweight. The dietary restrictions before surgery help shrink the liver as well as get the body used to smaller portions and/or a liquid diet.

Having weight loss surgery is not a decision to take lightly, and you should know what is involved before, during, and after the surgery before you make a decision. You should consider and honestly evaluate your feelings regarding the commitment you will need to make to be successful in losing weight and maintaining your weight loss. Taking a close look inward is the first step to living a better life.

A large scientific study consisting of several hundred thousand obese individuals determined that weight loss surgery lowers the risk of a person dying from any cause by over 40%. Those are significant statistics and should be considered carefully when thinking about the choices you have to make.

If you are ready to make a commitment to yourself, take the first step and schedule a consultation with IBI Healthcare Institute. We are here to help you with your entire weight loss journey.

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