When Is it Time to Have Weight Loss Surgery?
Questions to Ask Yourself About Bariatric Surgery
Losing weight isn’t easy. And if the weight returns, it can feel like, “What’s the point in dieting?” It doesn’t matter how you got to this point or why the world we live in makes it so easy to be overweight. If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably thinking about what you can do to make a dramatic change in your weight and your life.
Weight loss surgery is a commitment to yourself to living a better life. But how do you know if it’s time, or if you’re okay with life as usual? Spend some time to think about your answers to the following questions.
Questions to ask yourself
- Do I struggle with health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea?
- Do I feel like people see or treat me differently because of my weight?
- Is my weight standing in the way of getting a job or keeping a job?
- How many ways have I tried to lose weight? Is it working?
- How do I feel about the way I look in photos?
- Does my weight affect things I can do with my family?
- Am I willing to make changes that can help me keep weight off?
Do you qualify for weight loss surgery?
Generally speaking, you may qualify for bariatric surgery if you have:
- Body Mass Index (BMI) or 40 or more
- BMI over 35 with serious obesity-related health conditions, such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes
- Tried many ways to lose weight, only to regain the weight back
- No alcohol or drug addiction
- Obesity that is not related to an endocrine condition
Explore Weight Loss Surgery Options
Our accredited bariatric team is available to talk through medical weight-loss services that are right for you. Why weight? Weight loss surgery could be the answer to your questions about what it will take to get to the life you want to live.
Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.
National Institutes of Health, “Maintenance of lost weight and long-term management of obesity.”
Obesity Action Coalition