1. How do I know if surgical weight loss is right for me?
Gastric bypass or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery may be the next step for people who are looking for a permanent weight loss solution after trying nonsurgical approaches, or, for people who have an obesity-related disease. You may be a candidate for surgical weight loss if you:
Are 100 pounds or more above your ideal weight or have a BMI of 40 or higher.
Have a BMI
of at least 35 and are diagnosed with at least one or more serious obesity related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea.
Have no severe medical, psychological or emotional conditions that would render surgery too risky.
Have no dependence on drugs or alcohol, or have been sober for a year.
Have tried and failed at previous efforts to lose weight.
Understand the seriousness of the surgery and the necessity for a lifelong personal commitment to a healthier diet and lifestyle.
Have obesity-related physical problems that interfere with employment, walking or family function
Remember: There are no guarantees for any method, including surgery, to produce and maintain weight loss. Success is possible only with maximum cooperation and commitment to behavioral change and medical follow-up -- and this cooperation and commitment must be carried out for the rest of your life. Sentara offers personalized support following weight loss surgery
, including support groups, counseling, nutrition and fitness programs for a successful weight loss goal. 2. What questions should I discuss with my primary care doctor?
How would I benefit surgical weight loss?
In my current health condition, what are the best options for me?
Am I a candidate for a particular surgical procedure?
What other health considerations should I have regarding surgery?
What are the other steps I should take to prepare for the operation?3. How do I find out more about the surgery?
Your first step to learn more about surgical weight loss is to attend an information seminar given by a weight loss surgeon. Call 1-800-SENTARA or register online
to attend an information seminar.