ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY?
The Center for Disease Control reports that, currently, more than 30 percent of all Americans over the age of 20 are obese.
For the majority of patients who suffer from severe obesity, diet and exercise are usually ineffective and usually lead to temporary weight loss, followed by rapid weight regain.
Dr. Bhoyrul of Olde Del Mar Surgical serves North County and all San Diego, and offer patients with morbid obesity the opportunity to combine diet and exercise with effective weight loss surgery. He integrates weight loss surgery with comprehensive preparation, post-operative care, support, and lifestyle management. Read on to find out whether you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery on your weight loss journey.
Body Mass Index(BMI)
In order to be considered a suitable candidate for weight-loss surgery, you must have either morbid obesity or obesity with co-morbid health problems such as diabetes. We use the body mass index (BMI) system to calculate your body weight:
- BMI of 30 to 40 indicates obesity
- BMI of higher than 40 is commonly referred to as morbid obesity.
You can use our convenient BMI calculator (here) to determine your own BMI. Insurance typically covers surgery if your BMI is greater than 40, or in some instances between 35 and 40 if you have ongoing illnesses that are related to obesity. The FDA has approved weight loss surgery for people with a BMI of greater that 30, but these lower BMI categories are not typically covered by insurance.
Other Requirements for Bariatric Surgery
In addition to morbid obesity, our bariatric patients must also:
- Be over 18 years old: In some emergency cases, teenagers can undergo bariatric surgery, but our surgeons cannot operate on young children.
- Be able to understand and agree to the probable outcome and potential risks of surgery
- Have unsuccessfully tried to lose weight through diet and exercise. Bariatric surgery is a final option when diet and exercise prove ineffective.
- Be in good general health: Bariatric surgery is potentially risky and patients must be healthy enough to tolerate a surgical procedure.
- Be able to meet post-surgical requirements: After surgery, patients will be subject to strict dietary and exercise requirements. Patients will not be able to improve their health without adhering to a comprehensive long-term weight loss plan. Patients who fail to adhere to these requirements will not realize the full benefits of weight loss surgery.
- Have realistic expectations: Anyone undergoing a procedure with our bariatric surgeons must be able to understand and accept the limitations of the procedure. Bariatric surgery is not an instant cure for morbid obesity. It requires life long dedication, follow up, and patients must be psychologically prepared both for surgery and the post-surgical period.
- Your next step is to watch our online bariatric seminar.