Bariatric surgery is an increasingly popular treatment that can dramatically improve a person’s health, happiness and lifespan. It includes a variety of procedures that are performed on people who have obesity in order to help them lose weight. But how can you be sure that bariatric surgery is the right option for you?

Weight

Those who have a body mass index of 40 or more are considered morbidly obese, and are considered to be a good candidate for bariatric treatment. The same applies to those with a body mass index between 35 and 39.9 and have a serious obesity related health problem. Candidates may be expected to lose some initial weight prior to surgery to ensure the size of the liver is reduced, helping to improve overall safety and ease of access for the surgeon.

Professional Advice

You should speak to your GP prior to organising bariatric surgery to ensure that they agree it is a good option. Your GP may want to ensure you are mobile, as being bed ridden or confined to a wheelchair can increase blood clots and complications after surgery. It’s also vital that you gain support from your GP as they are aware of your medical health better than anyone.

Age

You must be over the age of 18 to have weight loss surgery with The Bariatric Group, though we do not have a strict age limit. Instead, we work towards assessing an individual’s medical health and history to understand if bariatric surgery is the right choice for them. We have also had many patients over the age of 70 who were deemed suitable for bariatric surgery, whom have gone on to do very well in their weight loss journey.

Expectations

How realistic are your expectations regarding weight loss post-surgery? You should talk to your bariatric team to set some accurate goals. Everyone is different, and the amount of weight you lose is dependent on multiple factors, including the treatment you undergo. Weight loss results and benefits are completely unique to each individual and in such we are unable to guarantee specific weight loss goals.

Willing

Those who undergo bariatric treatment will need to be willing to make changes within their lives post and prior to surgery that will help to ensure they benefit from and reap the rewards it can bring. It’s important to talk to your bariatric team about the changes that are required after weight loss surgery, including an entirely new diet, starting from liquids and slowly moving up to solid, post-surgery exercise, vitamins and more.

Despite what many may think, bariatric surgery is not an easy way out and required a lot of hard work after the initial surgery itself. Sticking with the new requirements can be difficult, especially when you are beginning to get used to a new routine.

If you feel like bariatric surgery is right for you, make the first step towards your new life by getting in touch with us today. You can contact us here, or give us a call on 01823 215714.

*Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.