For Some Candidates, Bariatric Surgery May Be Ideal
You’re seeking a solution – a weight-loss solution. Is Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis Medical Center’s bariatric surgery center, the one for you?
If you don’t meet certain criteria, it might not be. Diet plans, exercise programs and other medical interventions might actually be better.
Although bariatric surgery is a wonderful option for many people, not everyone is an ideal candidate, says our bariatric surgeon, Ryan A. LeGrand, MD. “Bariatric surgery is by no means an ‘easy solution’ to a weight problem,” he says. “You need to meet both physical and psychological criteria. It’s important to remember that bariatric surgery is not for everyone.”
So, what are these criteria? You might be a good candidate for bariatric surgery if you:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater.
- Have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise with little to no success.
- Have a serious weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
Even if you meet all those criteria, our team of health professionals still needs to evaluate you to determine if you may benefit from this type of surgery. In addition to your health, the team considers your psychological status and willingness to follow through with changes in your diet and exercise routine when determining whether or not to proceed.
This process is designed to keep you safe, as well as to keep you on track to meet your goals. When you and the team agree you’re ready – you’re eligible, informed and prepared to change – that’s when we’re ready to help you succeed. For the ideal candidate, bariatric surgery at Weight Loss Solutions might just be the ideal choice.