Am I A Candidate?
Few operations have such an overwhelming effect on both the physical appearance and general health of patients as bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery has shown to be an effective tool in weight loss, but it’s only a tool. No method, including surgery, guarantees to produce and maintain weight loss without hard work and lifestyle changes. Success will only be possible with your fullest cooperation and commitment to the process, along with long-term medical follow up.
The first step towards bariatric surgery is meeting the eligibility criteria. Weight loss surgery is not intended for those individuals who are looking to lose a few pounds. This life altering surgery is intended for individuals who have struggled with weight problems that are impeding their health and quality of life. In order to be considered for bariatric surgery, you must meet specific criteria based on guidelines established by the National Institute of Health:
- Have a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than or equal to 40 or a BMI greater than 35 with associated medical problems related to your weight. To determine your BMI, use the BMI chart located on page 5.
- Documented failure of at least one medically supervised weight reduction program within the last two years.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 65.
- Satisfactory state of health to tolerate an operation as determined by your medical team.
||Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
||Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
||Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass|
||30-50% excess weight
||50-60% excess weight
||60-70% excess weight|
Which option is right for me?
The type of surgery you choose is a very personal decision that should be discussed between you and your surgeon. The following are the bariatric weight loss procedures that are performed by Southside Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery:
The success of each surgery is dependent on many individual factors and will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.