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Are you thinking about a weight loss procedure? Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery? Do you want to know how to begin? You’ve come to the right place! Ultimate Bariatrics can help you discover if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, which treatment may be most successful, what to expect following, and every step in between. The following guidelines will help you decide if you may be eligible for bariatric surgery.

These are just some of the things we will consider when evaluating your candidacy for obesity surgery.

Severity of Obesity (Based on BMI)

Obesity with serious, co-morbid, medical conditions

  • Hypertension
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Severe impairment of quality of life (employment, social/family responsibilities or mobility)
  • Life-threatening Cardiopulmonary Problems
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Obesity-Related Cardiomyopathy

Other factors in determining candidacy for bariatric surgery include:

  • Other attempts at weight loss have been tried unsuccessfully
  • Daily routine activities are not possible & quality of life is seriously impaired
  • Completion of psychological evaluation demonstrating the patient is a sound candidate for bariatric surgery & is able to adhere to post surgical behavior management requirements
  • Completion of Pre-Surgery nutrition, counseling, and medical advice and programs
  • Willingness to continue evaluation post-surgery
  • Alcohol consumption is not in excess

Contraindications

Bariatric Surgery may not be right for you if:

  • You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis, or Crohn’s disease.
  • You have severe heart or lung disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.
  • You have some other disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.
  • You have cirrhosis.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
  • You are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.
  • You cannot or do not want to follow the dietary rules that come with your procedure.
  • You or someone in your family has an autoimmune connective tissue disease. That might be a disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. The same is true if you have symptoms of one of these diseases.

Your Motivation

While bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for morbid obesity, excess weight does not come off by itself. The procedures offered are tools to assist and support you in finding and maintaining lasting results by limiting food intake, reducing appetite and slowing digestion. However, your motivation and commitment to adopt a new lifestyle are extremely important for long-term weight loss. You must be committed to new eating habits for the rest of your life. Exercise is an equally critical aspect of a changed lifestyle.