For patients suffering from severe obesity, bariatric surgery can be a powerful step towards a healthier and more fulfilling life. When performed by a team of bariatric weight loss specialists, this type of surgery can be a safe and effective way to begin the weight loss process. Most patients who find success through bariatric surgery experience many health improvements, from the resolution of type-II diabetes mellitus to reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. Are you considering weight loss surgery to improve your quality of life? Below are the qualities that make a good candidate for one of the various bariatric surgical procedures.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher
Body mass index is a number calculated based on a person’s height and weight. As a reliable indicator of weight problems, BMI is often used to evaluate a person’s weight category and how it may lead to certain health problems. A BMI of 40 or higher is approximately 100 pounds or more of excess body weight. A BMI for a normal, healthy adult lies between the ranges of 18.5-24.9.
A BMI of 30 or higher with other health conditions
Patients with a BMI of less than 40 may be considered for bariatric surgery if they also are suffering from an obesity-related health problem. Such conditions may include diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure.
If your fight against weight gain has continuously been a struggle, contact the healthcare team at Riverside Community Hospital. Our Center for Surgical Weight Loss is dedicated to helping each patient resolve their obesity and avoid the serious health consequences of being overweight. You can contact Riverside’s Bariatric Coordinator for more information about our weight loss services by calling our free Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3463.