Weight Loss Surgery Options

November 12, 2007 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

Severe obesity is a growing problem and chance are you know someone who is overly obese. It may be you. Morbid obesity is a serious health condition and if not treated can shorten your life. Weight loss Surgery may be an option for you to help you live the life you want and need.

Substantial weight problems can reduce your ability to be mobile and live the life you desire as well as can contribute to many other health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. For people who are severely overweight simple tasks such as tying your shoes or walking to  the mailbox can be quite a chore. For these reasons many people with this condition tend to give up, but it does not have to be that way. Weight Loss surgery can help and it will force you to lose weight when other methods have failed.

Weight loss surgery is not a cure all, but if you have the surgery performed along with a dedication to change your life then you will lose weight and be able to maintain your ideal weight. Their has been ample research in this area and for most people the surgery risks are minimal.

To qualify you must meet the following conditions:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of more than 40 is seriously overweight for men; a BMI of more than 35 is considered seriously overweight for women. These numbers cna be reduced if you have other aliments such as diabetes or hypertension. Your doctor will be able to tell you exactly if you qualify.
  • Most doctors want their patients to be at least 18 years old, but some exceptions are made for children who have serious health risks because of their weight.


A person who undergoes weight-loss surgery needs to make a lifelong commitment to a new lifestyle, including a new nutrition and exercise regimen, otherwise weight-loss surgery will probably not be effective.