Weight-loss surgery is a major, permanent life change. Most people don’t even consider it if they haven’t exhausted all of their other options. As a matter of fact, many people research weight-loss surgery for years and never take action. Whether it is fear of a drastic life change or fear of failure, making this choice could be a matter of life and death.
The truth is, bariatric treatment could drastically improve the health, happiness, and lifespan for the over 18 million Americans who currently qualify. If you are one of them, and you’re hesitating to have the surgery, here are some things to consider:
Why are you considering bariatric surgery?
- Obesity-related health problems
- Out of breath quickly
- Obesity discrimination
- Relationship problems
- Poor self-image
- Failed diet and exercise programs
If you and your bariatric doctors decide that surgery makes sense for you, be prepared to do a lot of work both before surgery and for the rest of your life. Bariatric surgery should be thought of as one of the most effective tools available, but in order to succeed you must be ready to completely change your life.
According to the National Institutes of Health guidelines, you could be a good candidate for bariatric treatment if one of the following applies…
- You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more (“morbidly obese” or “super obese”), or
- Your BMI is between 35 and 39.9 (“severely obese”) and you have a serious obesity-related health problem.
As mentioned above, bariatric treatment may be the best tool to make you happier and healthier, but that’s all it is — a tool. You will be the key to making it successful.
If you would like to talk to a doctor to see if bariatric surgery is a good option for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. He and his teams of experts can help you make the right decision for you.