Having weight loss surgery may be an option, but it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll lose all your excess weight or that you’ll keep it off over the long term. What’s important is that you determine you are ready to make meaningful lifestyle changes, including changes in your diet and exercise habits.
If you think weight loss surgery might be right for you, Dr. Bagshahi and our team of healthcare professionals will be happy to discuss weight loss options with you and whether surgery is appropriate.
In general, weight loss surgery could be an option for you if:
- Previous efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unsuccessful.
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher.
- Have a BMI of 35 or above and you suffer from a serious weight-related health problem or comorbidity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea, or you have a BMI of 40 or above with no comorbidities.
When conducting an evaluation for weight loss surgery, we consider:
- Your nutrition and weight history. Dr. Bagshahi will review your weight trends, diet attempts, eating habits, exercise regimen, stress level, time constraints, motivation and other factors.
- Your medical condition. Some health problems increase the risks associated with having surgery or may be worsened by surgery, such as blood clots, liver disease, heart problems, kidney stones and nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Bagshahi will evaluate what medications you take, how much alcohol you drink and whether you smoke, and may recommend you have a thorough physical exam to help us determine the appropriateness of weight loss surgery.
- Your psychological status. Certain mental health conditions may contribute to obesity or make it more difficult for you to maintain the health benefits of surgery. These may include binge-eating disorder, substance abuse, depression and anxiety disorders.
- Your motivation. Dr. Bagshahi will also assess your willingness and ability to follow through with recommendations made by your healthcare team and to carry out prescribed changes in your diet and exercise routine.
- Your age. Although there’s no specific age limit for weight loss surgery, the risks increase after age 65.