Losing weight through diet and exercise can be a challenge. For some, it seems like the only way to permanent, lasting weight loss is weight loss surgery. Though it’s not a magical cure, weight loss surgery can be an effective option for certain groups of people.
Obesity in America
Today, more than four out of 10 Americans are obese, with nearly one in 10 severely obese. Obese individuals have a BMI of 30 or higher, and severely obese individuals have a BMI of 40 or higher.
Certain individuals are more likely to struggle with excess weight. Poor diet lacking nutrition, lack of exercise, poor sleeping habits, and underlying medical conditions can contribute to weight gain and lead to obesity.
Reasons to Consider Weight Loss Surgery
The following signs may indicate it’s time for bariatric surgery.
1. Your BMI is 40 or higher
Individuals with a dozen or so extra pounds typically don’t qualify for weight loss surgery. However, patients with a BMI of 40 or higher need to lose about 100 or more pounds and are considered severely obese. In these instances, weight loss surgery is a good option for them.
2. You have weight-related health problems
Patients with a BMI of 35 who are suffering from weight-related health issues, such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and heart disease, may be approved for weight loss surgery. They should speak to their doctor to find out if they are a good candidate for bariatric surgery and if their overall health condition may improve after surgery.
3. Non-surgical weight loss methods have not worked
For severely obese individuals, weight loss through diet and exercise does not seem feasible. They may have tried, many times, to lose weight through standard methods but failed to see great results.
4. You’re ready for a lifestyle change
For bariatric surgery to be successful, patients need to commit to pursuing a healthy lifestyle. This may mean changing their diet, engaging in regular exercise, and leaving behind poor habits that contributed to weight gain.
5. You’ve addressed emotional and mental issues
Many patients have underlying emotional and mental health issues that led to weight gain over the course of many years. To prevent weight gain after surgery, patients may need to undergo therapy and counseling.
6. You’ve researched surgical options
There are multiple types of bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgery options include the LAP-BAND® System, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy.
The LAP-BAND® System is a minimally invasive procedure that creates a small pouch from the top portion of the patient’s stomach to facilitate weight loss. Unlike other forms of bariatric surgery, the LAP-BAND® System doesn’t require stomach cutting, stomach stapling, or intestinal rerouting.
7. You’re ready for help
To qualify for bariatric surgery, patients must be willing to ask for help. They should recognize their need for a change and reach out to family, friends, and providers for support throughout the process.
If you’re ready to experience the life-changing effects of bariatric surgery, call the Lap Band Center today to schedule a consultation.