Ask yourself a few questions to help determine if gastric bypass surgery is right for you.
Gastric bypass surgery isn't a quick and easy way to lose weight. It's a medical procedure that involves both risks and rewards. Wondering if it might be the answer to your health problems? Answer the following questions to find out.
How overweight are you?
Generally, a person is considered a candidate for gastric bypass surgery only if he or she has a body mass index of 40 or higher or 35 or higher along with significant weight-related health problems such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and/or other conditions.
Have you tried to lose weight by making lifestyle changes?
Although considered safe, gastric bypass surgery does pose potential risks including infection, blood clots and even death. Therefore it's rarely the first choice of treatment for a weight issue, and is only considered after serious diet and exercise efforts prove unsuccessful.
Are you committed to making long-term healthy choices?
Gastric bypass surgery isn't a quick "cure" for obesity. Post surgery, you would need to adhere to a restricted diet and exercise regularly. Your doctor would also recommend that you seek professional counseling for any related mental health challenges in regard to your reasons for overeating and adjusting to your new body.
Have you talked to your doctor?
Whether or not gastric bypass surgery is right for you, is a decision you and your doctor will want to make together after considering your health history and level of dedication to change.
To learn more about surgical weight loss, visit The Bariatric Surgery Institute online or call us at (972) 519-1552. For a physician referral, please call 1-855-665-TMCP.