Are You a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery


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Are You a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery

  1. 1. ==== ====The Diet Industrys Dirty Little Secret Reveled! ====In recent years, weight-loss surgery has emerged as an incredibly effective tool in helping patientsmanage obesity and make healthy lifestyle choices. However, weight-loss surgery is not foreveryone, so you should understand the key factors used to determine if you are a good candidatefor weight-loss surgery, like the LAP-BAND System.While there are several medical factors that can determine whether or not you are eligible forweight-loss surgery; if you qualify, your commitment to the long-term weight-loss process willgreatly impact the results. You may want to consider some of these issues on your own, butmeeting with a weight-loss surgeon will help you gain an understanding of both the procedure andthe lifestyle changes required afterwards.Body mass indexThe body mass index (BMI) requirements for weight-loss surgery were originally set by theNational Institutes of Health (NIH) and have been in place since the 1990s. As a result, weight-loss surgeons will look for patients with a BMI of at least 40 or a body weight at least 100 poundsover ideal weight. Patients with a BMI between 35 and 39 may also be considered for weight-losssurgery if suffering from at least one health condition related to obesity, including, but not limitedto, diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, depression and high cholesterol.BMI is the most commonly used method of determining an individuals level of obesity. By usingtheBMI calculator provided by NewHope Bariatrics, you can see where you fall amongst thefollowing BMI classifications:o Healthy Body Weight - BMI from 18.5 to 24.9o Overweight - BMI from 25.0 to 29.9o Obese - BMI from 30 to 34.9o Severely Obese - BMI from 35 to 39.9o Morbidly Obese - BMI 40 and aboveFailure of traditional weight-loss methodsBefore agreeing to operate, weight-loss surgeons also need to determine if their patients haveattempted to lose weight on their own. In most cases, surgeons will require that patients have triedtraditional diet and exercise regimens prior to considering weight-loss surgery and documentedthe results. And in some cases weight-loss surgery patients have participated in medically
  2. 2. supervised weight-loss programs. Weight-loss surgeons use this information to determine if theirpatients are committed to weight loss and lifestyle changes.Documentation of weight-loss efforts isalso important when approaching the funding of weight-loss surgery. Like weight-loss surgeons,insurance providers typically require prospective patients to provide proof of repeated efforts tolose weight without surgical intervention.Overall Health and LifestyleWhile there are many health conditions that may increase the urgency of weight-loss surgery,weight-loss surgeons will require all patients to meet certain lifestyle requirements as part of theprogram. To ensure that patients undergoing weight-loss surgery are able to experience long-termsuccess and improve their overall health, surgeons will look for patients that avoid smoking,drinking and the abuse of drugs. If considering weight-loss surgery, it is important to eliminatethese habits prior to beginning the process. After surgery, patients will be expected to avoidsmoking and illicit drug use, while alcohol consumption should occur on a limited basis.CommitmentLastly, it is very important that all prospective weight-loss surgery patients be committed topermanent lifestyle changes. After ensuring that patients understand both the risks and rewardsinherent in weight-loss surgery, some insurance providers will require psychological evaluations.As weight-loss surgery is not a magic bullet to erase obesity, it is important for all patients tounderstand the role that better eating habits and exercise play in the recovery process.Additionally, most weight-loss surgery procedures will require patients to meet regularly withdoctors, attend support groups or meet with medical specialists to help support specific areas offollow-up care. The decision to have weight-loss surgery should not be taken lightly, and hence,doctors and insurance providers will insist that any patient undergoing the procedure is fullycommitted to each part of the lifelong process.If you are trying to determine if you are a candidate for weight-loss surgery, you should consideryour BMI and your past experiences with traditional weight-loss methods. If you feel you meet thecriteria outlined here, you should then carefully consider both the potential benefits andresponsibilities of weight-loss surgery. Though you may be unsure if weight-loss surgery is rightfor you, a consultation with a weight-loss surgeon will provide extensive insight into your conditionand information about life after the procedure. In the end, if you are a good candidate for theprocedure and feel prepared for the necessary lifestyle changes, weight-loss surgery can be thefirst important step towards a longer and healthier life.Carole S. Guinane, a Chief Clinical Officer writes articles about obesity and weight loss for New Hope Today.Article Source:
  3. 3. ==== ====The Diet Industrys Dirty Little Secret Reveled! ====