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When Is It Time To Consider Bariatric Surgery?

When is it time to consider bariatric surgery? If you are reading this article right now you may already know the answer.  If you have been thinking about taking action, your first step is to understand why it’s so important for your health, and then talk to Agave Surgical Specialists to find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Reasons To Consider Bariatric Surgery

If losing weight has been an impossible task for you even with exercise and dieting, bariatric surgery may be able to help. It restricts how much food you can eat – or shortens the digestive tract which limits the amount of calories you can absorb. The result is you lose weight.

We understand that is the main goal here, but there are other beneficial results of bariatric surgery, and those benefits can prolong your life.

measuring tape in front of feet on weight scale

That extra weight and fat we see in our abdomen, thighs, hips and neck contribute to an increased risk of heart attack and strokes. In addition, being overweight contributes to higher risks of many cancers, especially in women.

How To Know If You Are A Good Candidate

Not everyone who wants bariatric surgery is a good candidate. There are certain minimum criteria necessary to be considered for bariatric surgery.

They include the following:

  • You must be 100 pounds overweight
  • You must have a BMI greater than or equal to 40
  • You must have a BMI greater than or equal to 35 with at least one of the obesity related comorbidities like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, respiratory disorders, non alcoholic fatty liver,  osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, or gastrointestinal disorders.
  • You are unable to lose weight by dieting and exercise
  • You have lost weight through diet and exercise but gained it all back

You can check your own BMI here.

Ask Yourself Some Questions

If you still want to proceed with bariatric surgery, you need to be emotionally committed to the pre and post surgery journey you will begin.

Are you emotionally prepared to begin a gradual weight loss program post surgery?

Are you willing to stop smoking or quit one month before the surgery?

Are you willing to follow all Agave Surgical Specialists’s advice?

Will you exercise regularly?

Are you willing to make the lifestyle changes necessary for your success in the long term?

If you answered yes to these questions, we are here to help you achieve your goals of weight loss and a healthier life.

If you are truly committed, maybe it’s time to consider bariatric surgery!  Contact Agave Surgical Specialists’s Chandler office at (602) 903-1136, our Mesa office at (602) 726-2624, or request an appointment online, for an appointment.