Weight Loss Surgery - Am I a Good Candidate?
Not everybody is an acceptable candidate for bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery. Typically, the bariatric surgery is seen as the last resort - where medical intervention is needed to mitigate the high-risk caused by obesity.
Weight Loss Surgery is intended for people who have high BMI (Body Mass Index), typically of 30.0 or higher. People below this BMI are not considered good candidates. If you’ve not tried traditional forms of weight loss (diet and exercise) and failed using these techniques, then you’re not considered for bariatric surgery.
People who suffer from obesity caused by genetic factors could be considered good candidates. Individuals who have serious, elevated-risk for disease or a life-threatening condition because of their obesity - are considered good candidates for weight loss surgery.
There are typically age restrictions to bariatic surgery, 18-65 years old are acceptable candidates to bariatric surgery. Yet, some individuals under 18, could be eligible for weight loss surgery - depending on their BMI and risks associated to their overall health.
Other requirements for bariatric surgery could include people who are not addicted to drugs, and have good mental health.
Good candidates are considered if their obesity exists for over five years. Candidates who’ve been considered obese (based on BMI) for only a few years, may not be considered candidates for bariatic surgery.
Bariatric Surgery Candidate Information
Only a professional, qualified bariatric physician or surgeon can tell you if you are a good patient for weight loss surgery. So talk to a specialist today and discuss the different weight loss surgery options, weight loss surgery insurance options and the average cost of bariatric surgery.
Patient information on bariatric surgery may be required for candidacy. Knowledge of the risk factors associated with bariatric surgery and weight loss surgery expectations, are sometimes required for candidacy.
Are you coming close to meeting these requirements for weight loss surgery? Contact a weight loss specialist.
It may be helpful to talk to an exercise physiologist, dietician and plastic surgeon for additional opinions about your procedure options.
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