Deciding to pursue weight loss or bariatric surgery is a significant decision that goes beyond the medical procedure. In addition to pre-surgery preparation, treatment success depends heavily on patients’ ability to commit to recovery instructions and lifestyle changes. Certain factors are then heavily considered when determining a patient’s candidacy for any weight loss surgery.
When providing surgical weight loss solutions, the following are taken into consideration by our bariatric surgeon:
Bariatric surgery is not intended for individuals looking to lose only a few pounds. Rather, surgical weight loss solutions are reserved for obese individuals who have exhausted all other options, including diet and exercise. Ideal patients are individuals who are between 80 to 100 pounds overweight, with a body mass index greater than 40. Patients with high BMIs combined with obesity-related health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and even congestive heart failure may also be candidates for weight loss surgery.
Obesity is a multi-faceted disease that can be caused by a number of factors beyond overeating and physical inactivity. Genetics, medication, psychological factors, and a number of preexisting medical conditions can lead to morbid obesity and are successfully addressed throughout the bariatric surgery process.
When determining whether a patient is a candidate for weight loss surgery, our bariatric team conducts a thorough analysis of patients’ personal and family history. We’ll also determine past failed attempts at weight loss in an effort to determine which solution will work best for you in the long-term.
The lasting success of bariatric surgery is heavily dependent on a patient’s ability to follow the pre- and post- treatment requirements. From the start of the treatment process, our team works closely with prospective patients to ensure they fully understand the surgical risks of treatment and that they have realistic expectations for the part they’ll play in post-treatment results.
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At MVSA, we serve as a trusted resource and partner for your weight-loss journey. From nutrition counseling to support group meetings, our bariatric team is dedicated to helping your regain control of your life, one step at a time. If you are considering weight loss surgery, contact our bariatric surgeon today and schedule your consultation.