Am I a Candidate for Weight-loss Surgery?

Learn more about the criteria for weight-loss surgery

Many of us could stand to lose a few pounds or get into better shape, but some people have struggled with the scale for years without success. Statistics show that over one-third of adults in the United States have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater, which is classified as being obese. (BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. You can calculate your BMI here.) 

Simply put, obesity occurs over time if you eat more calories than you burn off. It can be attributed to a combination of genetics, overeating on a regular basis, consuming a diet rich in high-fat foods, and being physically inactive. Obesity affects much more than your appearance. It increases the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, arthritis, and various cancers.

Understanding Weight-loss Surgery
If you are obese or very overweight yet unable to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise, weight-loss surgery might be an option for you. Weight-loss procedures such as gastric bypass or Lap-Band make surgical changes to the stomach and digestive system to limit how much food can be eaten. The body’s natural methods of absorbing and digesting food are also altered to assist with weight loss.

Gastric bypass makes the stomach smaller and causes food to bypass the small intestine. Lap-Band is a type of bariatric surgery that involves an adjustable band being placed around the stomach.

Weight-loss Surgery Criteria
It’s important to realize that weight-loss surgery is a major procedure, not a quick fix. Significant health risks and possible side effects are involved. A patient’s success rate also depends on the ability to make permanent dietary and lifestyle changes after recovery—it is possible to re-gain the weight lost after surgery!

A comprehensive medical evaluation is required to determine if someone is a a weight-loss surgery candidate, but the following criteria must also be met:

  • Previous efforts to lose weight through supervised diet programs, exercise and other non-surgical means have not led to long-term weight loss
  • BMI is 40 or higher, classifying you as extremely obese (roughly 100 pounds overweight)
  • BMI falls between 35 and 39 and you have a medical condition related to obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • You are committed to making significant lifestyle and dietary changes after surgery

Lap-Band at Denton Regional Medical Center
The Lap-Band procedure is available at Denton Regional Medical Center. Our dedicated team of nurses, physicians, dieticians and therapists is committed to the long-term follow up and success of patients to ensure a successful surgical outcome. For a physician referral, please call 1-855-477-DRMC.

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