Those who are obese often view weight loss surgery as a last result after have difficulty losing weight, and when their life is in jeopardy. Approximately 60% of all adults are overweight or severely obese and the problem affects multiple areas of life. Weight loss surgery is recommended for women who are at least 80 pounds overweight and for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight. Men, women, and in some cases children, may qualify for weight loss surgery. Studies show that children who are obese are at a greater risk of becoming obese adults therefore weight loss surgery is viewed as a last resort as well as a preventative measure. Though some physicians recommend weight loss surgery for children, the procedure is considered controversial in those under the age of 18.
Often referred to as gastric bypass or banding, weight loss surgery is often recommended after other dietary and lifestyle attempts fail. It is important to speak to your health care provider regarding all available weight loss options before attempting weight loss surgery. Though weight loss surgery has many benefits and advantages, it is not without risk. Weight loss surgery is revered for its ability to promote fast, steady weight loss; however, it is not infallible. In order to derive the most benefit from weight loss surgery, significant changes to diet must be made. Because weight loss surgery limits the amount of food your stomach may hold, some patients mistakenly believe it is impossible to gain weight following the procedure. Subsequent to weight loss surgery, a patient may feel uncomfortable or become ill should he or she try to overeat. After a period of time, one who overeats may cause the stomach to stretch in order to hold more food. This may result in weight gain following the surgery and can cause the effects to be of no avail. It is imperative that those who undergo weight loss surgery take proactive steps to reduce their food and caloric intake on a daily basis. Failing to do so may jeopardize permanent weight loss and cause patients to regain all weight they have lost due to surgery.
Weight loss surgery is not recommended for everyone and there are some people that will not qualify for the procedure. In order to qualify for weight loss surgery the patient must have a body mass index or BMI of 40 or higher. Those who have a BMI of 30-34 may qualify for weight loss surgery if they also have a health disorder attributed to being overweight or obese. These include heart disease, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. A health care provider will try other weight loss methods before considering weight loss surgery. These may include diet, exercise, and weight loss supplements. If all previous methods fail, a health care provider may recommend weight loss surgery as long as the patient meets other medical requirements.
Underlying medical issues may prove to be of great concern and may cause a patient to fail to qualify for weight loss surgery. Those who have a history of kidney, liver, or heart problems or past issues with blood clots may fail to qualify for weight loss surgery. Those interested in weight loss surgery will undergo a thorough, physical examination to ensure they are healthy enough to endure the procedure. Patients will also undergo a psychological or emotional evaluation to ensure they do not have underlying disorders that would cause difficulty in maintaining weight loss.
Some patients may overeat due to underlying emotional issues, a history of abuse, or past traumas. It is very important that overweight or obese people with a history of abuse, anxiety, or depression treat their underlying, emotional disorders. If these issues are not treated and dealt with, the risk for remaining obese or even gaining more weight after surgery is great. Because only those who stay on a long-term healthy eating and fitness plan maintain the benefits of weight loss surgery, physicians will monitor your eating habits before approving you for surgery. Weight loss surgery is a good choice for those who qualify and have exhausted all other options.