Are you a Candidate?
For patients who remain severely obese after conventional approaches to weight loss such as diet and exercise – have failed, or for patients who have an obesity-related disease, surgery may be the best treatment option. For other patients, however, greater efforts toward weight control- such as changes in eating habits, behaviour modification and increasing physical activity – may be more appropriate.
Answering the following questions may help you decide if surgery is right for you:
• Are you morbidly obese (have a BMI over 37)?
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• Do you have a BMI greater than 32.5 with one or more significant obesity related conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and a family history of early coronary heart disease?
• Have you tried earliar to lose weight through diet; exercise and behaviour modification but cannot maintain the weight loss? Have you tried dieting in the past?
• Has it been combined with simultaneous behaviour therapy and exercise?
• Have you been carefully evaluated by a team of medical, surgical, behavioural and nutrition experts?
• Do you understand the gastric bypass and/or gastric sleeve procedure?
• Are you committed to lifelong follow-up care and lifestyle changes?
• If you have depression or excessive stress, has it been adequately treated?
• Do you have realistic expectations and are motivated?
• Are you between 16 and 70 years old (with some exceptions)?