It can be frustrating to weigh more than you want to. You may wonder if you will ever be able to shed the excess pounds. If you feel that you have tried every diet and exercise plan out there with little if any lasting results, you may be considering having weight loss surgery.
Before you book a consultation with a surgeon who specializes in bariatric operations, there are some things you need to think about. One of those is finding out what your body mass index (BMI) is. If you don’t know what yours is, ask your doctor or go online and find out how you can calculate it. Once you know your own personal number, this is a starting off point for deciding if weight loss surgery is a suitable choice for you.
If your BMI is higher than 40, this could be a reasonable option for you if you are a healthy person overall. If it is over 35, you would make a good candidate if you suffer from at least one symptom related to obesity. If it is over 30 and you suffer from either diabetes or metabolic syndrome, it would be a good idea to talk to your doctor about the procedure. If you have reached a point where your BMI is 30 or greater and other efforts to shed pounds have failed, looking to this surgical procedure might be in your best interests.
Weighing too much can become a serious issue because it can lead to the development of other medical problems or it can worsen healthy issues you already are dealing with. For instance, it can lead to high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and sleep apnea. In some instances, individuals who suffer from any of these medical disorders may make good candidates for the bariatric operation. However, these conditions may also affect your ability to recover and heal in a safe and timely fashion. Your doctor will be able to let you know if your state of health can withstand the effects of the weight loss surgery.
The bariatric procedure may be a fitting option when other methods to drop weight have proven to not be effective. Try the traditional means of shedding pounds before you turn your attention to surgical options. Take in fewer calories on a daily basis, eat a healthier diet and increase your level of physical activity. It is worth knowing that some insurance companies will only cover the cost of weight loss surgery after the person has tried the more traditional methods for losing weight for at least a period of six months.
Undergoing a medical procedure to lose weight can do wonders for you, but it is not a magic formula for keeping the weight off. If you decide to take this route, you will still have to modify your lifestyle to keep the pounds from returning. This means modifying the way you eat and adopting healthy eating and exercise habits. If you are willing to do this, the procedure can be a success for you.