Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?
The season of cookie exchanges and office parties may seem like a strange time to consider weight-loss surgery, but in fact it might be a best time for this strategy. You’ll most likely have downtime for recovery, and you can welcome the new year with a new you. Read on for six things you should consider, including new surgical options.
Candidates for bariatric surgery are usually individuals who are 100 pounds or more overweight and have a body mass index of 40 or greater. (The BMI calculation is based on height and weight.)
If your BMI is below 40, bariatric surgery may still be an option if you have one or more of the following health conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, high levels of fats in the blood, breathing issues, coronary artery disease or osteoarthritis.
If you physically qualify for bariatric surgery, you must also become informed about the procedure and be motivated to improve your health by making changes beforehand. Six things to consider:
1. Diet: You will be required to modify your dietary habits before surgery.
2. Care: You must commit to long-term follow-up care with your medical provider.
3. Risks: You will need to understand and accept the risks involved in bariatric surgery.
4. Finances: You should find out whether your insurance provider will cover this surgery; if not, look into “self-pay” options.
5. Recovery: Depending on the procedure, a hospital stay of one to three days is typical, followed by two weeks away from work. Speak with your employer, family and friends about your work and personal obligations.
6. Surgical Options: You will need to learn which surgical option is best suited for you by speaking with your doctor. The procedures are adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
For more info and to attend a free bariatric seminar, visit: http://healthcare.utah.edu/bariatricsurgery/