Weight-loss surgery: Is it right for you?
If you have a body mass index of 30 or more, you may be wondering if weight-loss surgery is right for you. Although it’s not the solution for everyone, studies show that weight-loss surgery is the most effective way for people with obesity to lose weight and keep it off in the long run.
Having weight-loss surgery is a lifelong commitment to changing the way you eat and live. While the procedure helps you lose weight by making your stomach smaller, you still have to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly to lose weight and keep it off. Think of weight-loss surgery as a tool to help you regain your health.
Here are four questions to help you decide if weight-loss surgery is right for you:
- Have you been unable to lose weight? If you lost weight, have you been able to keep it off?
- Do you understand what the operation involves? Make sure you know the risks and benefits of weight-loss surgery.
- How will your eating and physical activity habits will need to change after you have surgery?
- Can you make a lifelong commitment to your health? You will need to commit to healthy eating and physical activity habits, medical follow-up, and the need to take extra vitamins and minerals.
If you think weight-loss surgery is something you want to explore, you need to meet certain medical conditions. Bariatric surgery may appropriate if you have:
- a body mass index(BMI) of 40 or more, or
- a BMI of 35 or more with a serious health problem linked to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea
- a BMI of 30 or more with a serious health problem linked to obesity
You can learn more about the different weight-loss surgical procedures at Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center. Attend one of our free educational seminars.