Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right for You?
Weight-loss surgery might seem like a drastic measure to lose weight. Perhaps you think bariatric surgery is only for people who need to lose a few hundred pounds. The truth is, however, that the typical weight-loss surgery patient only needs to lose about 100 pounds.
Nearly 200,000 people turn to weight-loss surgery every year to take back their health. How much weight you’re likely to lose depends partly on the type of weight-loss surgical procedure you have. With sleeve gastrectomy – the most common procedure – people lose 80 to 100 pounds within the first year after surgery. With gastric bypass, people drop from 100 to 150 pounds the first year.
Here are three questions to ask yourself if you’re wondering if weight-loss surgery is appropriate for you.
- Do you need to lose 100 pounds to reach a healthy weight? The first step to answering this question is to know how much you should weigh. Try an online calculator or use a body mass index scale to figure out where your weight falls.
- Is your body mass index over 35? Is it over 40?
- Do you have sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
Is weight-loss surgery right for you?
If you answered yes to two of those questions, you likely qualify for weight-loss surgery. The good news is that once people lose weight, they no longer need to take medications for blood pressure and cholesterol. In some cases, patients who have diabetes will see it go into remission immediately after having weight-loss surgery.
It’s important to understand the long-term commitment it takes to have weight-loss surgery. Although surgery helps control hunger feelings, patients still have to exercise regularly and eat healthy foods in appropriate amounts.
You can learn more about surgical weight-loss options by attending an educational seminar at Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center.