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Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

Rely on PIH Health to help you determine if weight-loss surgery can improve your overall health.

Qualifications for Bariatric Surgery

You may benefit from bariatric surgery if:

  • Diet and exercise have not helped you lose weight
  • Your body mass index (BMI) is at least 35, and you have health conditions related to obesity, such as diabetes or sleep apnea
  • Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or above
  • You’re 18 years of age or older

Lifestyle Changes to Consider

If you qualify for surgery, ask yourself if you are ready to commit to:

  • Long-term exercise program
  • Follow-up care and counseling
  • Long-term dietary changes

Bariatric Surgery Benefits

Weight-loss surgery can help you:

  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve your self-esteem and quality of life
  • Increase your activity level and improve your physical health

Obesity-Related Conditions

In addition to promoting long-term weight loss, bariatric surgery can improve health problems related to obesity, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea

Risks & Side Effects of Weight-Loss Surgery

Depending on the type of surgery you have, there is a low chance you may experience:

  • Surgical complications such as infection or blood clot
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty eating certain foods
  • Weight gain or inability to lose weight

Follow the guidelines your experienced care team gives you to reduce the risk of complications and side effects.

Should I Get Bariatric Surgery?

Talk to your doctor if you think weight-loss surgery may be right for you. They can refer you to a bariatric surgeon for a one-on-one consultation, where you may ask questions and get personalized recommendations.

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