Am I a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?

If you’re reading this, it likely means that you’re very familiar with the struggle to rein in your weight. You’ve also likely tried everything, from fad diets to good old-fashioned exercise. But if your weight still isn’t under control, it may be time to consider a more aggressive solution — weight-loss surgery. 

At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team of bariatric surgeons offers a number of different options when it comes to weight-loss surgery, from a gastric bypass to the more complicated duodenal switch. But before you begin to consider which one is best for you, let’s first explore whether you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery in the first place.

Weight loss surgery by the numbers

When it comes to bariatric surgery, we have some general guidelines for candidacy, but bear in mind that these numbers are just a jumping off point of a much larger discussion.

In general, good candidates for weight-loss surgery are those who:

For this last one, we generally recommend only the gastric band, which is an adjustable and reversible technique that can help you quickly shed weight to manage your health.

Previous efforts count

Another consideration is how hard you’ve tried to lose weight in the past. You shouldn’t take any decision to undergo surgery lightly, which is certainly true of bariatric surgery, so we want to make sure that you make this decision only after exhausting more conservative avenues.

For example, perhaps you’ve been able to lose weight, but you quickly put it back on, and maybe even a little more, time and again. Or perhaps you simply haven’t been able to lose enough weight despite following a good diet and making some lifestyle changes.

The bottom line is that a good candidate is one who has tried to lose weight multiple times without success.

Monumental change

The reason we want you to make some concerted efforts to lose weight is because bariatric surgery isn’t a magic bullet. Yes, this surgery can give you the boost you need in your battle to lose weight, but you need to make some considerable changes in your eating habits and lifestyle moving forward. And these changes are ones that you’ll need to commit to and embrace as the new normal after bariatric surgery.

A team approach to losing weight

Another point to consider is your support network. Not only do you need some help immediately following your surgery, but you need assistance at home. In other words, people around you, especially those with whom you live, should be on board with your program and do everything possible to smooth the way forward. This may mean removing temptations from the house and becoming engaged in your progress.

If you’d like to explore further whether you’re a good candidate for weight-loss surgery, please call one of our six locations or use our online tool to request a consultation.

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