Who Should Consider Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgery has helped many people to lose their excess weight, but it isn’t right for everybody. Your doctor can help you to decide whether weight loss surgery might be right for you, using the following criteria.
Bariatric surgery can help you to lose weight, but it won’t do all the work for you. You need to be sure that you can stick to a long-term diet and exercise plan after the surgery, otherwise there is no point putting yourself through such a significant procedure. It is also important to be sure that you really need to have an operation in order to reach a healthy weight. You should therefore make a serious effort to lose weight through diet and exercise alone before thinking about bariatric surgery. Your doctor will probably want to work with you for at least six months before going ahead with the surgery, unless there are serious medical reasons why you need to lose weight urgently. Six months might seem like a long time, but in order for the weight loss surgery to work you need to be committed to a much longer period of dieting. You need to make lifelong changes to the way you eat.
It isn’t worth putting yourself through a surgical procedure unless you have a significant amount of weight to lose, so you won’t usually be accepted for surgery unless you have a BMI of at least 40. However, if your health is suffering because of your weight, your doctor may advise having a bariatric procedure when your BMI is between 30 and 40. This will usually only be necessary if you have a serious condition that can be improved by losing weight, such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
You must be healthy enough to undergo surgery and a general anaesthetic in order to have bariatric surgery, but your health doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, having an obesity related condition that can be improved by weight loss can be a particularly good reason to consider weight loss surgery as you will experience more immediate benefits. Many people who lose weight after bariatric surgery see an improvement in their cardiac health, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. A large proportion of those with type 2 diabetes will actually go into remission after the procedure. However, even if you aren’t experiencing these problems yet, it is still worth considering bariatric surgery if you are struggling to lose your excess weight. The surgery will make it easier for you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, and to do so faster than by dieting alone. You can reduce your risk of developing serious conditions like heart disease, improve your fitness, and enhance your quality of life.
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