Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
In the United States, sleeve gastrectomy or vertical longitudinal sleeve gastrectomy is the most common weight-loss surgery performed followed by gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band and duodenal switch. Sleeve Gastrectomy and other types of weight-loss surgery, collectively known as bariatric surgery, make surgical changes to your stomach that limit how much food you can eat and in some cases how many nutrients you may absorb, leading to weight loss.
While that may sound appealing, weight loss surgery isn't for everyone. Like any major procedure, it has potential side effects. In addition, the long-term success of surgery depends on your ability to make permanent changes to your lifestyle. When you want to be considered for gastric sleeve surgery or other procedures, you must undergo a thorough evaluation to determine if it's suitable for your situation. Patients will achieve safe, healthy weight loss when surgery is used alongside lifestyle changes which include exercise and diet adjustments.
- Unlikely to lose weight or keep weight off long-term with non-surgical measures?
- Well informed about the surgical procedure and the effects of treatment?
- Determined to lose weight and improve your health?
- Aware of how your life may change after the operation (adjustment to the side effects of the operation, including the need to chew food well and inability to eat large meals)?
- Aware that you will need to avoid smoking, carbonated or sugary drinks after the operation to avoid problems?
- Aware of the potential for serious complications, dietary restrictions, and occasional failures?
- Committed to lifelong medical follow-up and vitamin/mineral supplementation?
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a general indicator of whether your weight is healthy. While this number isn’t a comprehensive analysis, it can point you in the right direction in determining what weight loss strategies you may want to pursue.
Questions/Perspective to consider
- Are you ready to commit to permanent lifestyle changes?
- What is your ideal body weight? How much will you need to lose to reach this?
- Have you tried alternate weight loss methods without success?
- Do you smoke? Do you drink alcohol in excess?
- Do you have a serious disease that may have caused your obesity?
- Are you extremely limited in activity? You must be able to perform exercise after surgery.
- Are you currently in a social environment that is supportive of your goals?
- Do you understand the operation and know the risks associated with bariatric surgery?
- Are you willing and want to make the necessary lifestyle changes for a successful outcome?
These are some questions to think about as you consider a surgical treatment for obesity. There is no replacement for a personal, live consultation with an experienced, trusted bariatric surgeon. Contact Texas Endosurgery to schedule yours today.