Your Decision to Have Surgery
We understand that your decision to undergo Bariatric Gastric Bypass surgery for weight-control is an important one. That’s why we want you to be informed regarding your options in having surgery, as well as the risks and consequences involved.
We also want you to be comfortable and confident in your surgeon and the entire bariatric surgery team as you undergo the process. Over the years, it has become clear that patients who are well-informed in their surgery choices, and comfortable with their surgeon, are more committed and successful to a lifetime program of necessary dietary regulation and exercise.
There are several points to keep in mind when deciding to have surgery:
- The surgery is simply a tool that each patient individually must learn to use.
- The changes in eating habits are permanent. Both operations create a life-long, enforced behavior modification.
- Unless a life-long program of nutrition, exercise, and social support accompanies the surgery, any weight reduction surgery can be defeated and weight can be regained.
- This is major abdominal surgery, and all surgery carries the risk of complications, both in the short term and in the long term. In some cases, the complications can even be life-threatening.
Qualifying for the Surgery
To qualify for Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery, you must meet the following criteria. You must:
- Have a BMI (Body Mass Index is a formula that takes into account both a patient’s height and weight) of at least 40, or weigh at least 100 pounds more than your ideal weight, or have a BMI of at least 35 and you are suffering from serious health problems.
- Be at least 18-years-old.
- Can provide documentation that you have attempted structured or supervised dieting for a sufficient period, and, although perhaps temporarily successful at some weight loss, ultimately unsuccessful in attaining and maintaining a healthy weight.
- Have been overweight for more than five years,
- Are prepared to attend regular follow-up sessions.
- Are ready for a permanent healthy lifestyle.
There are unavoidable risks with any abdominal surgery. In our surgeons’ experience, and in national published medical results to date, these risks are not any higher than for other comparable major abdominal surgery. Nonetheless, there can be no guarantees against the possibility of complications with any operation. Most recoveries from this surgery are smooth, but on occasion, problems can develop.
Along with the risks, we also ask you to weigh the benefits of having bariatric surgery.
There is growing evidence that a patient with continued severe obesity has ongoing significant medical health risks, including:
- Heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
After weight loss surgery, most patients have measurable improvements in obesity-aggravated medical conditions, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Joint Pain
- Acid Reflux
- Sleep apnea
Many patients also report an improved sense of well-being and improved self-esteem after surgery.
Of course, the final decision for surgery is between you, your family, and the surgeon. At its core, our program is designed to support you in this decision and, ultimately, alter the course of your life back to health.