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