Bariatric Surgery Requirements

In today’s time, treatment for extreme obesity has become possible with the help of bariatric surgery. But you have to consult many health care professionals for weight loss surgery that involves evaluations and recommendations. You have to consult different people like a bariatric physician, a bariatric surgeon, a nutritionist and a psychologist. All these people work together to develop a comprehensive plan of treatment. There are few factors that are to be kept in mind:

Bariatric Surgery Weight

Weight plays an important role in making you eligible for surgery. If men have minimum of hundred pounds and women who are eighty pounds overweight then they are eligible for such surgery. It is also considered for the people who have tried losing weight by diet and exercise and failed.

Bariatric Surgery Age

The person has to be minimum of eighteen years and maximum of sixty years to undergo such surgery.

Bariatric Surgery Health

A person chooses this surgery to improve his overall health but he or she should be healthy medically at the time of surgery.

For the preparation of the surgery you have to consult doctor who will suggest some tests that will be performed about a week prior to the bariatric surgery. 

  • Blood work

  • Chest x-ray

  • Psychological consultation

  • Nutritional consultation

You have to make some lifestyle changes like

  • Fewer intakes of caffeine and carbonated beverages

  • Have food low in fat and high in fibre

  • Take a multivitamin daily

  • Stop smoking about thirty days before surgery

  • Have six to eight glasses of water daily

  • Drink low caloric beverages

Bariatric surgery is designed for the people who are overweight and want to start their journey into a healthier lifestyle. It is not a simple way to get a slimmer body. Bariatric surgery reduces the food intake and its reaction is person starts losing weight. But one has to very careful with the food as the food intake is reduced. They have to eat according to the advised diet so that their body can remain maintained as well as their body can get all the necessary nutrients.

Different Types of Bariatric Surgery

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is done by changing the size of the stomach of the patient as well as the ability to absorb to help him to succeed at the long run weight loss.

Gastric banding

This type of surgery limits the amount of food person can eat at a time.

Sleeve gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery in which the size of the patient’s stomach is reduced. The stomach is stapled and divided. In this type of surgery about eighty per cent of stomach is removed.

Vertical banded gastroplasty

In this type of surgery four rows of vertical staples are placed, and a little opening is created by securing a silastic ring near the end of this staple line.

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