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What is the criteria for weight loss surgery?

Although many people may see weight loss surgery as the ‘easy option’ – there are a number of different criteria that you have to meet to enable you to receive surgery at most facilities. Weight loss surgery at The Hospital Group is split into three different procedures – gastric band surgery, gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric band surgery is one of the most popular types of weight loss procedure available due to its ability to be minimally invasive and easily reversible in the unlikely event that the patient changes their mind. It involves an inflatable silicone band being placed around the top of the stomach through a keyhole procedure.

Gastric bypass surgery involves partial removal of the stomach and rerouting this to the small intestine – making changes to your overall digestive system. Finally, gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive procedure which reduces the amount of food you can eat by reducing the overall size of your stomach. All three procedures have different aspects, but on the whole – the criteria to be given the surgery is all quite similar.

What are the criteria for weight loss surgery?

It is now important to discuss the criteria needed to be met in order to receive one of the weight loss procedures. Gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric band surgery could all be an option for you if:

  • All previous weight loss methods have been tried, and any diet and exercise have been unsuccessful in providing quality weight loss
  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or higher and you currently do not have any serious weight-related health problems such as diabetes, sleep apnoea or high blood pressure
  • Your BMI is 35 or more and you have a serious weight-related health problem such as diabetes, sleep apnoea or high blood pressure
  • You’re 18 years or older and have gone through puberty, your BMI is 35 or more, and you have a severe weight-related health issue such as diabetes, sleep apnoea or high blood pressure

In some rare cases, you may qualify for certain weight loss procedures if your BMI is between 30 and 34 and you have serious weight-related health problems. But that is up to the relevant medical professionals to evaluate and make the deciding factor.

Evaluating whether or not you are ready for weight loss surgery

Although this criterion is important – you will also need to meet other medical guidelines to qualify for weight loss surgery which may not be as specific.

  1. Your weight loss history and the way in which you eat

It is important for our medical professionals to review your weight trends and previous weight-loss and diet attempts. Overall eating habits are also evaluated, as well as current stress levels and other factors which may be relevant. This is important for the medical professionals to understand whether you are prepared for the physical changes which will be happening to your body.

  1. Your current medical conditions

There are some weight-related health issues that may actually worsen by surgery – such as blood clots, liver disease, heart problems, and nutritional deficiencies. Therefore, our medical professionals need to ensure that no future issues will arise due to the undertaken surgery. Medication and alcohol intake is also evaluated during this section of the process.

  1. Your psychological health

You may suffer from mental health conditions that may affect weight loss or make it difficult for you to maintain the dietary requirements needed when undertaking weight loss surgery e.g. binge eating, anxiety, depression or schizophrenia. The Hospital Group want to make sure that you are in the best possible mental state before undertaking surgery. The postponing of surgery may happen if our medical professionals feel like you are not in the correct mental state to make a viable decision.

  1. Your age and overall motivation

Our medical professionals will also assess your age. There is no official age limit on the surgeries that we provide – but the procedure has recently been considered too risky for teenagers and more mature adults. This will all be reviewed during your initial consultation. Your willingness to follow through with dietary and exercise requirements will also be assessed before the decision on weight-loss surgery is made.

Preparing financially for weight loss surgery

Once it has been decided that you meet and pass all the criteria set out by our medical professionals it is then important to discuss the financial aspects of surgery. We want to ensure that no monetary issues or unpayable debts will arise after undertaking weight loss surgery. This will all be discussed during your first appointment with our weight loss specialist before a decision on surgery is made.

So, if you are ready to start a new and exciting journey to a healthier you, book your consultation today.

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