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 problems? 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 procedures.

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.

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