Is Bariatric Surgery for Me?
The Statewide Bariatrics team has witnessed the incredible physical and psychological benefits of surgery, and noted how much happier and healthier patients are afterward. For the right patients, bariatric surgery in New Jersey offers a wealth of possibilities.
However, weight loss surgery is not appropriate for everyone. Only certain candidates will qualify. We take the screening process very seriously. Statewide Bariatrics evaluates a candidate’s physical and psychological condition when deciding whether weight loss surgery is a good solution.
Here are some of the criteria that we look at during the screening process:
Body Mass Index
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement of body fat that is used to help determine whether an individual is overweight. The number is calculated based on height and weight.
The body mass index range for adults 20 and over is shown here:
|18.6 – 24.9||Normal|
|30.0 and above||Obese|
Individuals with a BMI of 35-39.9 are considered seriously obese, and individuals with a BMI of 40 or higher are considered severely obese.
Generally, weight loss surgery is appropriate for individuals with a BMI of 40 or higher, and for individuals with a BMI of 35-39.9 and one or more weight-related health conditions.
Weight-Related Health Conditions
Being overweight or obese raises the risk of serious, life-threatening diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension (high blood pressure) and stroke. Studies have shown that bariatric surgery improves — or even resolves — some of these health conditions (e.g., sleep apnea) and reduces the risk of others (e.g., stroke).
Inability to Lose Weight through Non-Surgical Methods
Weight loss surgery should not be the first line of defense against obesity. Ideally, candidates should try to lose weight through traditional weight loss methods, such as diet and exercise, before considering surgical treatment.
The best candidates have realistic expectations of weight loss surgery. They understand that surgery alone will not cause weight loss, and that permanent behavior modifications are necessary for long-term success. They are prepared to eat differently, exercise regularly and make other lifestyle changes as needed. Candidates should understand that they will likely lose most— not all — of their excess weight.
Understand the Risks
Suitable candidates are aware of the slight risk of complications. They understand that in rare cases, a surgery-related complication may arise (e.g., infection at the point of incision, pulmonary embolism). Post-operative complications such as dumping syndrome or nutritional deficiency may also develop in a small percentage of cases.
Our surgical team does everything possible to minimize these risks, but we cannot completely eliminate all risk.
Contact Statewide Bariatrics
If you have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise, and are considering surgical treatment of obesity, please schedule a consultation with Statewide Bariatrics today. During consultation, we will review your health history and your qualifications for surgery, and advise whether surgical treatment is medically appropriate for your case. Contact us today to book an appointment with our weight loss surgery team.