What is Weight Loss Surgery and is it Right For You

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Weight loss surgery is also known as bariatric surgery. Obese people are at a high risk of health problems and this kind of surgery can help reduce stomach size through gastric banding or by removal of portions of stomach which is known as gastric bypass surgery.

Are You a Candidate ?

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To find out whether you would be a candidate for weight loss surgery it is important to consult your regular physician. But as a general rule, both these types of bariatric surgeries are considered to be a valuable option for people suffering from excessive obesity and for recovery from diabetes and heart conditions.

Weight Loss Surgery and BMI

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According to the United States National Institutes of Health, weight loss surgery is a viable option for people with a BMI of 40. The surgery is also recommended for people who may have a BMI of 35 but have severe preexisting medical conditions like diabetes. Generally bariatric surgery is considered a safer option for people in the BMI range 35-40 rather than BMI ranges 30-35.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

There are many different sub types of bariatric surgery that can include gastric bypass, gastric banding, biliopancreatic diversion, sleeve gastrectomy and various mixed procedures. Only a medical professional can determine what type of weight loss surgery would be effective for you depending on your medical history and lifestyle.

Weight Loss Surgery and Pregnant Women

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Women who are overweight can lead to obese children. But women who first go through weight loss surgery of some kind are actually at lesser risk of having obese children and this can be a wonderful way to exclude the ‘fat gene’ from your family tree. You can also get a lot of other fertility related benefits when you lose weight through weight loss surgery.

Should You Opt for Weight Loss Surgery?

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Are you wondering whether bariatric surgery might be the thing for you? Well for one thing, losing weight can lessen the risk of many fatal conditions and if you have been trying to lose weight and have become frustrated because nothing is working and your BMI is from 35 to 40, you may consider bariatric surgery for weight loss. You will reduce stress levels and lower your morbidity rate.

Things to Consider Before Having Bariatric Surgery

If you are going to have bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) the first thing you need to make sure is that you go to a treatment facility that caters to a lot of patients because this ensures that the doctors are experienced in performing bariatric surgery.


Another thing to consider is that every surgery has some potential risk of complications attached and they should be considered beforehand. Only opt for weight loss surgery when you have no other option and you are tired of carrying this weight around or if you have a serious medical affliction. Also, it is very important to consult a physician regarding your plans to have surgery for weight loss.