If you do not meet the Body Mass Index qualifications
- BMI is 40 or higher
- BMI is 35 or higher, and you experience obesity-related health complications
If you haven’t tried non-surgical weight loss treatment options
Nutritional counseling, medical weight-loss programs, increased activity and other lifestyle changes should always be considered and tried before exploring surgical options.
If you are not ready to make major lifestyle changes
Gastric bypass should never be considered a quick fix for obesity. Gastric bypass is a life-altering procedure that requires a commitment by the patient to make big and permanent changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle. Long-term success is dependent on your willingness to follow pre- and post-operative directions.
If the surgery is too risky for your current health condition
In some cases, a patient will need to address other health concerns, or even lower their BMI through alternative weight loss methods in order to safely undergo a gastric bypass.
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