Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?
Have you struggled with losing weight? Is your weight holding you back from living a full life?
Extreme obesity, also called morbid obesity, can shorten your life. Extreme obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 40. For instance, someone who is 5’9” and weighs more than 270 lbs. would be extremely obese. Weight loss surgery can help people with extreme obesity lose weight. It may be an option if you cannot lose weight through diet and exercise or have serious health problems caused by obesity.
Qualifications for weight loss surgery:
- BMI equal to or greater than 40 or more than 100 pounds overweight.
- BMI between 35 and 39.9 and have at least one or more obesity-linked conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and others that have been treated with medication for at least a year.
- Not able to reach a healthy weight or sustain weight loss for a period of time with prior weight loss efforts.
- A commitment to long-term follow-up and lifestyle changes.
There are different types of weight loss surgery. They often limit the amount of food you can take in. Some types of surgery also affect how you digest food and absorb nutrients. All types have risks and complications.
Weight loss can reduce
- Blood sugar
- Blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer
Weight loss can improve
- Energy and activity levels
- Overall health and well-being
- Quality of life