Are you a weight loss surgery candidate ?
Deciding if you’re a weight loss surgery candidate can be a challenge. For the majority of our patients, weight loss has been a lifelong struggle with crash diets, fads and more. Going through countless of diets or plans that were supposed to help them lose weight and feeling frustrated with the lack of results. If you answered yes to any of the above qualify as a weight loss candidate if you feel like you might suffer from morbid obesity.
Is weight loss surgery for me ?
For the majority of patients, deciding to choose a weight loss plan can feel like a last resort. Going through countless of diets or plans that was supposed to help you lose weight and feeling frustrated with the lack of results can be a challenge.The truth is you could be suffering from morbid obesity. If you feel like you have tried everything then there might be a better option for you.
Grayson Surgical conducts comprehensive weight loss programs including pre-operative counseling and assessment, weight loss surgeries, and post-operative reviews and support to ensure patients achieve successful results.
Obesity is a medical condition in which a person has an excess of body fat resulting from a combination of diet, inactivity, genetic factors, and/or other contributing medical diseases. Obesity is also defined in terms of a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a calculation based on the individual’s height and weight.
There are many medical conditions that are commonly caused or exacerbated by obesity. They include the following: degenerative arthritis of joints, such as your back, your hip, your knees, your ankles and your feet. In addition, morbid obesity can cause or worsen stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes, fatty liver, asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, stress urinary incontinence, reflux esophagitis, diverticular disease of the colon, gallbladder disease, kidney disease and many forms of cancer.An ideal body weight is represented by a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or lower. Any obese patient, BMI greater than 35 who has medical problems or BMI greater than 40, is likely a very good candidate for surgery.
In 2011, the FDA approved the adjustable gastric banding for patients with BMI 30-35. This means that if you have a BMI between 30 and 35 the band can be an option for you. As of now, however, insurance providers are not covering the band for patients in this BMI range. This means that if you wanted the band and your BMI were within this range you would have to pay for this operation on your own. With time, however, insurance providers may provide this as a covered benefit.Having a BMI greater than 60 significantly increases your risks of surgery and it is very important for you to try to lose weight to get under a BMI of 60 in order to decrease your risk of complications during and after surgery.