Who Needs a Gastric Bypass?
Have you considered whether
gastric bypass surgery is the answer to your or to a loved
one’s obesity and weight-related health
A gastric bypass is essentially
weight-loss, also known as bariatric, surgery that changes the
structure of your stomach and entire digestive system, limiting
how much food you can eat and digest. A gastric bypass is generally the most approved form
of weight-loss surgery in the U.S., as it is generally
considered to be safer and less complicated than other
Although surgery may seem like the perfect solution to
anyone’s weight-loss needs, the truth is that a gastric bypass
is not for everyone, and not everyone will be a qualified
candidate for this extensive surgical procedure.
Being overweight or even obese is not enough of a reason to
have a gastric bypass. A healthy, balanced diet as well as
adequate exercise is always recommended before embarking on any
weight-loss surgery. A gastric bypass carries with it many
medical risks as well as potential side-effects that you need
to be aware of and consider.
So who needs a gastric bypass? You may be considered a
candidate for a gastric bypass if you are extremely obese
(usually this means a Body Mass Index or BMI of 40 or more); if
you are obese or very overweight—a BMI between 35 and 40—along
with weight-related health problems such as diabetes or high
blood pressure; or if you are unable to lose any weight
whatsoever through diet and exercise.
Talk to your doctor if you think you might qualify for a
gastric bypass and see what he or she recommends.