Weight loss operations have an enormous impact on patients’ lives both in number of pounds lost and also in terms of the overall improvement in health and quality of life.
Many studies show that patients experience a profound enhancement of the quality of their lives. As you lose weight, you can become more active, exercise and feel better both physically and mentally.
Losing weight improves or resolves other health problems as well, including diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and arthritis.
At UW Medical Center, we perform several types of bariatric (weight loss) procedures, each of which can result in significant, sustained weight loss, improved health and greater quality of life. In order for these procedures to have the greatest effect, we believe that it’s essential for patients to involve their families and collaborate with their primary care doctor, surgical team and nutritionist.
Is bariatric surgery right for me?
In general, weight loss surgery is for people who:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher.
- Have a BMI of 35 or higher, along with significant weight-related medical problems, such as diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea.
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Weight loss surgery candidates should also:
- Have been overweight for more than five years.
- Have had only short-term success with previous serious attempts to lose weight.
- Have a primary physician who is willing to work with you and your surgeon.
- Be willing and able to make changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
- Be willing to exercise 90 minutes a week.
Weight loss surgery candidates should not:
- Have other medical problems that would make the surgery too risky
- Smoke at all
- Weight loss operations cannot be performed until patients have stopped smoking for at least two months prior to starting our program. If you have smoked recently, you must write a letter stating that you have not smoked for a month and that you will not resume smoking.
- Have any other untreated medical conditions that may have caused obesity.
- Actively abuse drugs and/or alcohol.
Gastric bypass, Lap-Band, sleeve gastrectomy or other weight loss surgery may not be right for you if:
- You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis or Crohn’s disease.
- You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future. Pregnancy is possible and safe after weight loss surgery, but it should be delayed until your weight loss has stabilized, which typically takes two years.
- You cannot or do not want to follow the dietary rules that are associated with these procedures.