Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is a recognized and accepted option for helping individuals lose weight and address the many complications associated with obesity. Medical research also shows that weight loss surgery plays a role in the metabolic and hormonal changes that regulate both hunger and satiety.
Effectiveness of Bariatric Surgery
The effects of bariatric surgery are dependent on various factors. Among the most significant are:
- The specific type of procedure performed.
- Each individual’s unique circumstances and conditions.
- How closely each individual follows his or her post-surgical plan.
When successful, bariatric surgery helps individuals lose between 10 and 35 percent of their total body weight within two to three years.
Additionally, bariatric patients experience great improvements if they suffer from any of the following common comorbidities of obesity:
- High blood pressure.
- Heart disease.
- Sleep apnea.
- Back and joint pain.
Over time, many individuals require fewer medications or are able to stop taking medicine entirely. In some cases, bariatric surgery eliminates these conditions altogether.
Who is a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
Although bariatric surgery is a weight loss option for many people with obesity, not everyone who is obese will qualify for weight loss surgery. While qualifications can vary by procedure, in general, an individual must meet the following criteria:
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 40, or being more than 100 pounds overweight.
- A BMI greater than or equal to 35, in addition to at least one or more obesity-related comorbidities, such as: Type II Diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gastrointestinal disorders or heart disease.
- A demonstrated inability to achieve a healthy weight for a sustained amount of time using other weight loss techniques.
If you suffer from obesity and would like to find out if you qualify for bariatric surgery, sign up for a free informational consultation with a weight loss surgeon at Dallas Bariatric Center today.