Is it time for bariatric surgery?

If you’re considering bariatric surgery, understanding the pros and cons of surgical weight loss can help make your decision easier.  

For many individuals who are struggling to lose weight and haven’t had success through diet, exercise or medically assisted weight-loss programs, bariatric surgery may hold the key to reclaiming an active, healthy lifestyle. Not only does bariatric surgery aid weight loss, but it also plays an important role in managing obesity-related diseases, including diabetes, sleep apnea and heart disease.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ Weight-Control Information Network, you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery if:

You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher

You have a BMI of 35 or higher and a weight-related complication, such as diabetes

You are considering an adjustable gastric banding procedure, have a BMI of 30 or higher, and have a serious weight-related illness

Considerations

While the risks of severe surgical complications are low, the decision to have surgery shouldn’t be taken lightly. To achieve benefits and avoid complications, you will no longer be able to comfortably eat large meals, and you may need to follow a specific diet or take vitamin supplements. For many, however, the benefits of surgery greatly outweigh these potential consequences.

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