Bariatric surgery, commonly known as weight loss surgery, is an option for individuals who are severely overweight and cannot shed the excess through traditional diet and exercise methods. This type of procedure changes the digestive system to help induce weight loss.
Who is a good candidate for bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is typically recommended when less extreme dietary and lifestyle changes have not been successful in reducing weight and when an individual’s health is affected by a serious medical condition caused by the excess weight. It may be suitable for:
- Those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and over
- Those with a BMI between 35 and 40 with other conditions or symptoms associated with obesity, such as heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes.
Bariatric surgery can lead to significant and sometimes long-term weight loss in many cases. Good nutrition, proper hydration, and regular exercise after surgery are essential for the best results and will be discussed with our surgeon prior to undergoing bariatric intervention.