Are you a candidate for bariatric weight loss surgery?
To determine if bariatric weight loss surgery is right for you, start by learning your Body Mass Index (BMI). This is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight. If you have a BMI of 35 or higher and are experiencing obesity-related health concerns, a minimally invasive surgical option such as gastric bypass or gastric sleeve might be appropriate.
Obesity is linked to a number of serious health issues, such as heart disease, certain cancers, osteoarthritis and diabetes. Because of these associated health concerns, it’s important to control your weight before your weight controls you. Part of your evaluation for bariatric weight loss surgery is to determine the course of action that’s best for you.
“Weight loss surgery is certainly not the first thing you try when looking to lose weight, but it doesn’t have to be a last resort, either,” says Dr. Swain. “Often, we can improve or eliminate health issues before they create lasting problems. We’ve even seen Type 2 diabetes reverse itself rather quickly after surgery.”
Undergoing bariatric weight loss surgery is just one step in your journey, and the more support you have, the better. Our leading-edge team of physicians, dieticians, exercise specialists and behavioral health experts gives you the tools you need to be successful.
Weight loss surgery is not a cure-all, and it’s not the easy way out. It’s a means to an end that still includes diet and exercise. You’ll learn how to eat properly by getting away from quick sugars and making healthier choices, such as lean protein and vegetables. As you lose weight, you might find that exercise is not really a chore because you simply feel better overall.
Many people feel it’s the best decision they ever made.
“The number one comment I hear post-surgery is that patients wish they’d taken this step years ago,” says Dr. Swain. They just feel so much better.”