Who is Bariatric Surgery For?
Bariatric surgery may be considered for severely obese, motivated individuals who have failed at other attempts to lose weight.
Obesity is a complicated, multi-factorial, progressive, life-threatening, genetically-related, costly disease with multiple obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and joint problems.
Severe obesity (or morbid obesity) is defined as someone being at least 100 pounds overweight and/or a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 40. People who have a BMI of 35-39 need to have a serious medical condition to be considered.
Many obese people spend a lifetime struggling with their weight, suffering with the associated serious health problems and the social isolation. Many try diets, exercise, behavioral therapy or drugs. Most have found these methods unsuccessful, regaining most if not all of the weight they intended to lose.
In recent years, the medical community has developed and improved several surgical operations intended to give severely obese people a safe, effective and durable way to lose weight. A growing number of obese people are choosing a surgical solution to weight loss and discovering improved health and quality of life.