If obesity is a problem for you that has led to health issues such as type-II diabetes and poor heart health, you may be considering weight loss surgery to help you get healthier. Bariatric surgery is not right for everyone, but it has made an impact for many people living with severe obesity. Here is a look at some questions to ask yourself as you get serious about weight loss and start thinking about surgical weight loss.
Have I tried other weight loss methods?
When you start to discuss weight loss surgery with your physician, he or she will ask what strategies you have used to try and lose weight in the past and why they were unsuccessful. You might make a log of the diets and programs you have used so it is easier to review them with your doctor. Because there are risks involved in surgery that would not be present with other weight loss techniques, your doctor will want to make sure that more conservative solutions are not options for you.
Am I ready for a lifelong change?
A common misconception about bariatric surgery is that it is a quick fix or temporary change that will yield weight loss. However, surgery is only the first step in a lifetime of positive changes , so you should be ready to make the commitment to better health for years to come.
How much weight do I need to lose?
Weight loss surgery is usually only an option if you have a BMI of 40 or higher, which would put you in the range of morbid obesity. In some cases, patients with a BMI between 35 and 40 will be considered for surgery, but this only occurs when serious health issues are a factor.
To learn more about the details of surgery and take the next steps in planning your procedure, attend a Weight Loss Surgery Support Group at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center . Sign up to reserve a spot in the next meeting by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (818) 676-4000 or heading to our website.