Who Should Consider Bariatric Surgery?

Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery? Its benefits reach beyond weight loss.

While many people believe that bariatric surgery is only for the morbidly obese, any doctor will say that could not be further from the truth.

The most prevalent myth associated with a weight loss procedure is that it’s solely for people who are “extremely overweight” in order to lose that weight. The reality, though, is that the criteria for bariatric surgery is much more inclusive.

And there are more potential patients who should consider bariatric surgery.

Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery?

When considering height and gender, patients can be 100 pounds overweight, which is not considered extreme.

Just as impactful, patients are also living with — and suffering from — a quality-of-life-limiting condition related to their obesity.

When considering bariatric surgery, patients should consider:

  • Are you 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight and want to lose weight?
  • Do you have a BMI of 40 or greater?
  • Do you have a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related health condition(s)?:
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • One of the many forms of heart disease
  • Sleep apnea

  • Have other forms of weight control failed?
  • Are you over 18 years of age?

In many cases, patients’ medications to control their weight-related conditions are no longer needed once the procedure is complete.

Offering a number of surgical weight loss options — all minimally invasive — bariatric surgery programs at McLaren Health Care have the experiencing and track record of relieving patients of these very common conditions in addition to significant weight loss.


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