Questions & Answers
Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?
You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you are:
- Between the ages of 18 and 65
- Obese with a body mass index of 40 or above (CALCULATE YOUR BMI HERE)
- Obese with a body mass index of 35 to 40 and struggling with an obesity-related condition like hypertension, heart disease or sleep apnea
- Currently trying to or have tried in the past to lose weight through other means such as diet and exercise
- Psychologically ready for weight loss surgery and willing to commit to a whole new lifestyle
- Not drug or alcohol dependent
What will be next step?
If you meet the requirements above, you can have a private consultation with our Bariatric Surgeon. Our surgeons will review your health history and personal goals, and provide in-depth information on weight loss surgery options, including the benefits, risks and expected results. If you are a candidate, you’ll start on the journey of making lifestyle changes and get ready for a successful experience.
Call (610) 850-4470 or FILL OUT OUR QUICK FORM to request your one-on-one appointment.
What would I expect after I join the program?
- Meet with our Bariatric Surgeon regularly till you are ready for the surgery
- Attend dietary counseling with our bariatric dietitian three or more times before your procedure to prepare for your lifestyle change
- Encouraged to attend support group meeting before the procedure to meet our previous patients
- Fulfill required medical clearanced
Make appointments with necessary medical providers such as pulmonologist, cardiologist and psychologist.
After you complete all your appointments, you will discuss with your surgeon to select a procedure, then you will be ready for surgery.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), a weight loss procedure can significantly improve your health and improve the quality of your life.
What are the potential benefits of weight reduction and weight loss surgery
Just some of the potential benefits of weight loss surgery may include:
Possible significant and longterm weight loss:
By changing your gastrointestinal anatomy, certain bariatric procedures allow for significantly less food consumption, and affect changes in your intestinal hormones that reduce hunger and increase your feeling of fullness. Also, studies show that more than 90 percent of bariatric patients are able to maintain a long-term weight loss of 50 percent excess body weight or more, when combined with dietary and lifestyle changes.
Bariatric surgery has proven to significantly improve or resolve diseases related to obesity, including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, sleep apnea, arthritis, asthma, acid reflux and more. It has also shown to drastically improve or resolve type 2 diabetes.
Possible longer life:
Several large studies of severe obesity people have found that those who have had bariatric surgery have a significantly lower risk of premature death than those who have not. The low mortality rate of the surgical procedures is truly remarkable, considering that most patients affected by severe obesity are in poor health and have one or more life-threatening diseases at the time of their surgery.
Possible happier, healthier you:
Significant weight loss from bariatric surgery brings more than just physical transformation. Studies have shown that self-esteem, work, social interactions and sexual function all may improve. Singlehood is significantly reduced, as is unemployment, disability, depression and anxiety. All paving the way for a new you.
Are there any risks involved with bariatric surgery?
All surgeries carry some risks. So, does the bariatric surgery. Your surgeon will review the potential complications and risks with you before your surgery. Some of the risks are pneumonia, blood clots, infection, bleeding, leaking at staple lines, abdominal pain, nutrition deficit as well as ulcers, hernia and gallstones. They may occur, but most are preventable and treatable. Generally, the benefits associated with weight loss surgery are significantly less than the risks of remaining morbidly obese. Your Bariatric Coordinator and surgeon are there for you to answer questions and assist you throughout your weight loss journey.