Am I a Candidate?
Here are some of the things we will consider when evaluating your candidacy for obesity surgery.
Bariatric surgery may be right for you if:
- You are at least 18 years old.
- Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or between 30.0-39.9 with an existing co-morbid medical condition (i.e. Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, etc.). BMI is calculated by dividing body weight (lbs.) by height in inches squared (in2) and multiplying that amount by 703.
- Previous attempts to lose weight have had only short-term success.
- You are prepared to make substantial changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
- You are willing to continue being monitored by the specialist who is treating you.
- You do not drink alcohol in excess.
Bariatric surgery may not right for you if:
- You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis, or Crohn's disease.
- You have severe heart or lung disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.
- You have some other disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.
- You have a problem that could cause bleeding in the esophagus or stomach. This might include esophageal or gastric varices (a dilated vein). It might also be something such as congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectasia (dilation of a small blood vessel).
- You have portal hypertension.
- Your esophagus, stomach, or intestine is not normal (congenital or acquired). For instance you might have a narrowed opening.
- You have or have experienced an intra-operative gastric injury, such as a gastric perforation at or near the location of the intended band placement.
- You have cirrhosis.
- You have chronic pancreatitis.
- You are pregnant. (If you become pregnant after the LAP-BAND® System has been placed, the band may need to be deflated. The same is true if you need more nutrition for any other reason, such as becoming seriously ill. In rare cases, removal may be needed.)
- You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
- You are under 18 years of age.
- You have an infection anywhere in your body or one that could contaminate the surgical area.
- You are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.
- You cannot or do not want to follow the dietary rules that come with this procedure.
- You might be allergic to materials involved with one of the procedures.
- You or someone in your family has an autoimmune connective tissue disease. That might be a disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. The same is true if you have symptoms of one of these diseases.
While bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for morbid obesity, the pounds do not come off by themselves. It will help aid you in achieving lasting results by limiting food intake and reducing appetite. However, your motivation and commitment to adopt a new lifestyle are extremely important for long-term weight loss. You must be committed to new eating habits for the rest of your life. Exercise is an equally important component of a changed lifestyle.
Allegan General Hospital does require all candidates to go through an initial surgical consult, nutrition and psychological evaluations and receive medical clearance from a primary care provider before receiving final approval for this procedure.