Good Candidates for Gastric Bypass
Good candidates for Gastric Bypass have proven failed attempts at losing weight and have a BMI of over 40 or 35 with 1 or more comorbidities as a result of their obesity. This is typically a patient who is more than 100 pounds overweight. Many tests will be done before surgery in order to determine whether it is safe for the patient to have the procedure or not. The surgery is not recommended for patients 55 and older with Type II diabetes or high blood pressure.
The surgery is especially great for those with life-shortening medical conditions. Some of these include:
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Type II Diabetes (Read More: ASMBS)
- obstructive sleep apnea.
All of these conditions can shorten a person’s life and are considered weight-related health conditions or co-morbidities. With gastric bypass surgery, they will be able to improve or be completely resolved with weight loss.
Also individuals who have trouble losing weight naturally remain a great candidate for this type of bariatric surgery. Doctors like to see that patients have tried for 1-2 years to lose weight on their own along with regular exercise. If the patient still cannot manage to lose weight, then gastric bypass (or another type of weight loss surgery) may be right for them. It’s important to understand that gastric bypass is not a quick fix for weight loss as it involves a commitment to eating right and remaining active for a lifetime.