Should I Choose Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss?
Eligibility for Bariatric Surgery
Making a decision to have weight loss surgery should never be entered into lightly. The professionals at United Regional Solutions are trained to help you determine the best method to reach your weight loss goals.
To be a weight loss surgical candidate, the National Institute of Health Consensus Panel recommends that you:
- Have failed a previous weight-loss program and
- Have a Body Mass Index greater than 40 kg/m2 or
- Have a Body Mass Index between 35 and 40 kg/m2 with significant co-morbid Illnesses
Additionally, before deciding on surgery, consider the following:
- Do you have realistic expectations about the outcome?
- Are you prepared and motivated to work for a permanent change?
- Do you understand the risks?
United Regional Solutions can help you answer these questions and others concerning weight loss implications.
Over 10 Million People Meet These Criteria in the USA
Unfortunately, morbid obesity is common in the United States, affecting more than 7% of women and nearly 5% of men. Overall, one out of every 20 (5% of the US adult population or more than 10 million people) meet this criteria.
Weight Loss Surgery Exclusion Criteria
You should not consider bariatric surgical procedures if the following apply to you:
- If your obesity is related to a metabolic or endocrine disorder
- If you have a history of substance abuse or untreated, major psychiatric disease
- If surgery for you is contraindicated by existing conditions or is high risk
- If you are female and want to become pregnant within 18 months after surgery.
If you are considering any weight loss surgical procedure, call United Regional Solutions for more information and consultation.