Do I Qualify? 2018-01-29T19:34:09-06:00

Do I Qualify?

When it comes to bariatric surgery, your first question may be, “Do I Qualify?” Just because you may be overweight or have trouble losing weight does not mean you are eligible for bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. There are certain criteria for bariatric surgery, just like with any surgery. Knowing the criteria will let you know whether or not bariatric surgery is for you. There are many weight loss options. If bariatric surgery is not one, others may work. The important thing about weight loss is your health. A surgeon would never want to do a procedure that has more risks than benefits. Do not count yourself out until you talk to a bariatric surgeon.

Weight Loss

Everybody is different; therefore, everyone has different struggles when it comes to weight loss. Some people can lose weight quickly. Other people have trouble. There are many factors to weight loss. Getting rid of fat is not the only factor. Metabolism and Hormone imbalances are two other factors that can make losing weight more difficult. Sometimes addressing hormone imbalance issues first will assist you on your weight loss journey. There are all kinds of weight loss plans. It is important to choose one that works best for you and made specifically for your needs. When you have other health issues, it is very important to choose the right plan.

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery may seem like the easy way to lose weight, but it is not. When you have trouble eating right and exercising, you may think surgery is the best option. There are many risks with bariatric surgery. Over the years, the risks have decreased, especially since minimally invasive surgery options have been invented. Some of these minimally invasive options include vBloc and OBRERA. Although there are minimally invasive surgery options, there are still risks. Time has to be taken from work and recovery can be difficult. A bariatric surgeon never wants to send you under the knife if it is not necessary. The recovery process is not always easy. It can be difficult, especially if you have other health complications.

Some of the most common forms of bariatric surgery include bypass surgery and LapBand surgery. Bypass surgery holds a lot of risks because the surgeon has to cut the stomach and intestines. There are other surgical options besides bypass that also cut parts of the intestines and stomach as a way to help you feel full faster. LapBand surgery is not as risky because it does not require all the cutting, but a few small incisions. With many bariatric procedures, it cannot be reversed. If you suffer from complications, there is no way to undo what has been done. A bariatric surgeon has to take all this into consideration before they decide to do surgery


Being overweight is not the only criteria for bariatric surgery. There are many things a surgeon has to consider before they decide to do surgery. BMI is the first factor. BMI is your body mass index. You calculate BMI by dividing your weight in kilometers by the square of your height in meters. Height changes things. If you are only 5’2″ and weigh 180lbs, you will look heavier than someone who is 6’0″ and weighs 180 lbs.  Your BMI will also be higher for the person that is 5’2″. BMI has a way of measuring body fatness. A healthy BMI is from 19-25. You are considered underweight if you have a BMI under 18. You are overweight if your BMI is between 25-30. According to the BMI chart, you are obese if your BMI is over 30. For those considering bariatric surgery, your BMI is typically around 40. Some people can have a BMI of up to 58; after that, the chart stops. Having a BMI over 40 puts you at too high of a risk for bariatric surgery. You will have to lose some weight before being considered. Having a BMI under 30 means that you can lose weight without surgery and the surgeon does not want to put you under the knife unnecessarily.

Having other health conditions is another reason for surgery. When you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, or sleep apnea, you may also be considered for bariatric surgery. Weight is typically a cause for all of these health problems. By losing weight, you can solve some of these other health complications. Along with these health complications, the surgeon will look at you having a BMI of 35. If you have a BMI of 35 and no health complications, you will not be a candidate. The last aspect of candidacy is your effectiveness with other weight loss procedures.

A surgeon will see if you have tried other options and see how effective they were. Sometimes we try weight loss plans and lose a lot of weight, then stop and gain the weight back. A surgeon wants to assess whether or not you were able to lose weight on these other plans. If a plan worked for you, they would more than likely put you back on that plan before deciding on surgery. If nothing has worked, surgery may be the only thing that will work.

Bariatric surgery is not an easy procedure. There are many options, and you must meet the criteria before you are even considered for surgery. If you do not meet the criteria, the surgeon is putting you at risk and could risk losing their license. If you feel that you meet these criteria, you should talk with a bariatric surgeon now. They can go over all the options with you and get you on your way to a healthier you.


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