Qualifications For Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Qualifications For Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the types of weight loss surgery also known as bariatric surgery. The gastric bypass, specifically the Roux en-Y, is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery in the United States. This surgery and other types of gastric bypass surgeries reduce the size of the stomach and change the way food is digested and absorbed.

Gastric bypass surgery is not a quick fix weight loss solution and is not an option for everyone looking to lose weight fast. There are a number of qualifications for gastric bypass surgery. These qualifications for gastric bypass surgery are used to determine a person’s suitability for the surgery. The reason for these qualifications is because weight loss surgery, like any other type of surgery has risks, complications and side effects.

Perhaps the most important qualification is that a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery must be morbidly obese. A morbidly obese person is someone whose body mass index (BMI) is above 40. This roughly translates to an individual who is more than 90 kilograms above their ideal weight.

This is one of the qualifications for gastric bypass surgery that may be varied in certain circumstances. A person may be considered a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery even if his BMI is below 40. However, the BMI must be above 35 and he must be having a co-morbid condition. Co-morbid conditions include high blood pressure, type II diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol and heart disease. It has been shown that weight loss surgery and the resulting weight loss sometimes lead to the resolution of some of these co-morbid conditions.

Other qualifications for gastric bypass surgery include age (you will need to be between 18 and 65 years), be physically fit and psychologically fit. The minimum age is set at 18 as an individual needs to be an adult and not older than 65 because of the higher risks of surgery with older patients. Physical fitness is used to determine not only how well you are likely to recover from surgery but also if you have medical conditions that may complicate surgery.

Psychological condition is also one of the very important qualifications for gastric bypass surgery. This is especially for people who are prone to emotional eating or binge eating.

These qualifications of gastric bypass surgery are used in conjunction with a very thorough medical, physical and psychological evaluation. The evaluation is done by a team of several doctors including the gastric bypass surgeon, a psychologist and dietician. This screening is meant to determine whether or not the risks of weight loss surgery outweigh the benefits. The team of professionals will also need to determine whether the candidate for gastric bypass surgery is ready and willing to commit to making the lifestyle changes required after gastric bypass surgery.

Because of the risks of gastric bypass surgery, doctors always prefer to use all alternate and non-invasive treatments available before agreeing to perform the operation.