Who is Not a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery
July 26th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery

When diet and exercise fails to help a person lose the extra weight, weight loss surgery is often considered. This is not a quick fix and it is not an easy weight loss plan. Weight loss surgery takes time to heal, it can be expensive and it requires a complete change in diet, exercise and attitudes. There are many people who are good candidates for this type of surgery; however, there are just as many people who should not consider weight loss surgery.

Weight loss surgery requires that a person make a complete change in their attitudes and behaviors. Having the surgery alone will not result in drastic weight loss. A person who has had the surgery must learn how to eat and what foods to eat. In addition, exercise is critical after having this surgery. Doctors that perform these types of surgery generally ask their patients to exercise at least thirty minutes a day five days a week. Those having this surgery must also learn to prepare their healthy foods and learn listen to their body when they are full. People who cannot commit to these drastic lifestyle changes or do wish to change their habits are not considered good weight loss surgery candidates. For that reason, doctors ask that their patients make every possible effort to lose weight using other methods before considering this surgery.

In addition, patients who are not considered morbidly obese are not good candidates for weight loss surgery. General guidelines states that patients should be at least 100 pounds overweight or rate a 40 or above on the body mass index rating before being considered for this type of surgery. Sometimes, those who weigh 80 pounds or more will be considered if they suffer from obesity related illnesses.

Weight loss surgery is not right for people who suffer from certain diseases and illnesses. Those with certain inflammatory diseases such as gastrointestinal tract disorders, ulcers, severe esophagitis or Crohn's disease will not be considered for this surgery. If a person has severe problems that cause bleeding in the stomach such as dilated veins or congenital abnormalities in the stomach, intestines, or esophagus or have chronic pancreatitis should also try other weight loss methods other than weight loss surgery. These conditions can cause serious problems following weight loss surgery. If you have one of these conditions, you should always let you doctor know so he or she can adequately assess your condition and determine a course of treatment.

A person who ahs experienced an injury at the surgery site, such as a gastric perforation cannot have weight loss surgery. Also those with cirrhosis of the liver and portal hypertension are not good candidate. Women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant should not consider weight loss surgery as an option for losing weight. This can be dangerous because there are less calories and nutrients absorbed by the body following surgery. Those who have the Lap-Band procedure can consider pregnancy after one year following their weight loss surgery.

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