Living with excess weight can be difficult – not just physically but mentally and emotionally, too. If you have tried traditional methods of weight loss and have not seen the results you need to live a healthy, active lifestyle, gastric bypass surgery may be an option.

This is one of the most common types of weight loss surgery but, unfortunately, it is not for anyone. Like any surgical procedure, there are health risks and side effects to consider. In addition, the success of the surgery also has to do with your willingness to make permanent lifestyle changes that align with keeping the weight off. Here are some important guidelines for gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric bypass is a major surgery that makes permanent adjustments to your body. Weight loss surgery can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. But there are some important guidelines to be met.

Guidelines for Gastric Bypass Surgery include:

  • Weight loss through diet and exercise has not been effective
  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
  • Body mass index of 35 or more and you have weight-related health issues like sleep apnea, high blood pressure or type two diabetes

It is important to note that even if you meet these guidelines, you may need to meet other medical criteria to qualify for this kind of surgery. Your doctor will have you undergo an extensive screening process to determine if you are a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery.

This process will evaluate the health benefits of the surgery and if those outweigh any complications or risks that could happen. It will also look at other factors such as psychological and emotional readiness to ensure that you are ready to undergo the surgery. Other things that will be discussed include your nutrition and weight history, your overall medical condition and what medications you may be taking, and your age.

Our team at WeightWise is dedicated to helping you live life to the fullest. We will work with you to determine if you are a good gastric bypass surgery candidate and if you are, we will explain what the process entails. Watch one of our seminars online, attend a seminar in person, or contact us today for more information on getting your weight loss journey started!