Is Bariatric Surgery for You?

From - March 8, 2018

Is Bariatric Surgery for You?

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 -- If you have been struggling with your weight for some time, you might be wondering if bariatric surgery is the answer.

This surgery, which involves reducing the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can take in, is not for moderate weight loss. You need to be at least 100 pounds overweight with a BMI of 40, or 35 if you also have serious health issues. You will also need to show that you have not been able to lose weight with other, more conventional approaches.

Checklist: You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if:

It's important to understand what happens after the surgery. Over the following two years, you are likely to lose between 60 to 80 percent of your excess weight. At first, you wo not have much appetite. When it returns, you will be satisfied with a lot less food than before, health professionals report.

As part of the decision-making process, explore all the risks and benefits of this life-altering procedure.

Beyond the immediate risks of any surgery, there are risks of infection, as well as vitamin, mineral and even protein deficiencies. This can happen because you are taking in fewer nutrients or your body ca not absorb them as well as it used to.

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