Are you a good candidate for
Obesity has become a growing problem in USA and Europe, and as I stated earlier, Bariatric Surgery is at this time the most effective and definitive treatment for severe obesity. In the past, MORBID OBESITY was described as “being 100 pounds over the ideal weight” (I.B.W.). Currently BMI or Body Mass Index is used to determine the different degrees of obesity and the indication for surgery. BMI is a number obtained dividing weight on Kg by the square of your height in cm. We will be glad to calculate your BMI for you.
- BMI from 35 to 39 with one or more of the following co-morbid conditions (hypertension, diabetes, urinary stress incontinence, sleep apnea, etc) is considered MODERATE obesity.
- patients with BMI higher than 55
- BMI from 40 to 49 is considered MORBID obesity.
- BMI from 50 to 59 is considered SUPER obesity.
- BMI more than 59 is considered SUPER-SUPER obesity.
Are you a good candidate for bariatric surgery?
1. Are you 100 pounds overweight or have a BMI higher than 40?
2. Are you 80 pounds overweight or have a BMI between 35 to 39 with one of the following co-morbid symptoms: diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, coronary disease, reflux esophagitis, amenorrhea, gout, infertility, urinary stress incontinence, fatigue, dyspnea, immobility, degenerative arthritis, high cholesterol, etc?
Based on the NH Consensus of 1978 and 1985 and on guidelines recommended by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and the American Bariatric Society, if you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you are a possible candidate for Bariatric surgery. However, only your doctor can determine if you are potentially a good candidate for this surgery.
1. Are you willing to take the risks associated with bariatric surgery?
2. Are you willing to change your eating habits and your lifestyle?
3. Have you dieted before, lost weight and gained it back?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then carefully read the following information. It will help you to understand the surgery and what to expect before, during, and after surgery. It may also make it easier for you to decide whether or not Obesity/Bariatric surgery is an option for you.