Am I A Candidate for Gastric Bypass?
Your decision to undergo surgery should not be taken lightly. You, your family, your personal physician and our surgical team should make a joint decision.
The long-term results of the procedure are excellent and a successful result should markedly improve your quality of life and your longevity. However, we believe that the risk of surgery is significant and only should be undertaken if:
- You are committed to the postoperative regimen we prescribe, and
- Your weight and risk factors now justify the risk.
Should you decide to undergo surgery, our team of doctors, nurses and dietitians will commit to make the experience as pleasant and successful as possible.
Criteria for Surgery
The National Institute of Health and insurance carriers have specific criteria for which patients are candidates for obesity surgery.
- Patients must be 100 pounds over ideal body weight as listed on the table below.
- A body mass index (BMI) of 40 in those without co-morbidities or a body mass index of 35 for those with co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, weight related severe arthritis or weight related severe respiratory disease.
- Between 20 and 70 years old. AND
- Long-standing obesity and previous efforts at weight loss through organized, medically sound weight loss dietary plans that have failed. AND
- Recommendations by your own physician that operative treatment is indicated. AND
- Absence of other medical problems that would make surgery too dangerous.
For more information about bariatric surgery at Virginia Mason, contact the bariatric surgery team by calling (206) 341-1997 or toll-free at (800) 354-9527, ext. 11997.
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