Am I ready for weight loss surgery?
Bariatric surgery isn’t a quick fix for obesity and its related illnesses. However, it is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and treat those health problems. With hard work, dedication and long term follow up from a great team, it can be a transformative, life-changing experience.
As well as meeting physical requirements, there’s also a lot about being psychologically ready and motivated to succeed.
Some people research for years before taking the plunge; it’s a big commitment. But your health and longevity are at stake!
We can help you decide if ready for long-term weight loss through bariatric surgery, by considering some of the following factors.
Diet and exercise aren’t working
You may have tried every diet available – WW, Atkins, Paleo, low fat, Whole30, intermittent fasting, Noom… the list goes on. If you have tried these, with or without short term success, there’s unlikely going to be a miracle diet to help. The good news is, that if you’re able to modify what you eat in the long-term, through lifestyle adjustments, weight-loss surgery may help you see long-term results.
You have a high BMI
If your BMI is over 35, or over 30 with one or more weight-related medical complications, you are a candidate for weight-loss surgery. Once your BMI is over 40, you’re considered extremely obese, and it will be hard to get into a normal weight range with exercise and dieting alone.
Your weight is affecting your health
Aside from the physical restraints of being overweight – such as difficulty finding clothes, or not being able to keep up with your friends – there may be more serious health-related concerns as well. Such as:
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnoea
- Poor circulation
- Aching limbs and joints
Your age is important
There are risks associated with anaesthesia for patients under 18 or over 65. This doesn’t mean it can’t be performed outside of this range, it just means you’ll need to be evaluated by the surgeon to ensure the procedure will be safe.
You’re prepared to make lifelong changes
Bariatric surgery is just a tool to help you in your weight-loss journey, you still need to put in the work. The level of success you achieve will depend on what you put in. We have a dedicated team to help you in all the different areas, but only you can make those changes.
You also need to have realistic expectations, in regards to appointments, liquid diet phase, follow up, and long-term changes to your diet and exercise.
You understand the benefits and risks
Weight loss surgery is a journey to better health, but any operation still has the possibility for complications. Your surgeon will discuss the benefits and risks, to make sure you’re well informed. You’ll also need to follow-up after the surgery to ensure you’re healing as expected.
There are also long-term complications once surgery is complete and you’re healed. You may suffer from issues such as dumping syndrome, where food moves too quickly through the small intestine, or reflux from the smaller sized stomach.
You’re aware of the costs
Most gold level hospital insurance will cover the in-hospital portion of bariatric surgery. There is still a package fee you’ll have to pay to cover some other expenses (like when paying your obstetrician if you have your baby in a private hospital).
You can also choose to pay for the surgery yourself, without the help of insurance. This can be done either through early release of superannuation or private funds.
If you’re ready to start the conversation, give our team a call on (08) 8465 6300 to discuss your options today.