If you are overweight, you may already be well aware of the dangers of obesity. You may also have tried every method you can think of to lose excess weight, including specialized diets and various fitness routines. We understand. At Brandon Regional Medical Center, we take the repercussions of obesity seriously. For individuals ready to make a lifelong commitment to weight loss, we offer a number of effective surgical weight loss options.
Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
Before weight loss surgery is performed, a patient must meet some important requirements first.
- Must have a BMI greater than 40 or have serious weight-related health conditions and a BMI greater than 30.
- Must be 80 – 100 pounds overweight or weigh twice the patient's ideal weight.
- Must have been this weight for over 5 years.
- Has never had successful or consistent weight loss with diet and exercise.
- Is willing to have a full examination, including a psychological examination.
- Is committed to following strict diet and exercise guidelines before and after surgery.
- Is willing to attend support group meetings.
- Is ready to full fill every pre-operative and post-operative requirement.
Why are there so many requirements?
Obesity is the result of a number of physical, psychological and medical challenges. Surgery will address the physical challenges, but patients need to be ready to commit to a new way of relating to food and make major lifestyle changes to keep the weight off.
Is it worth it?
Yes. Your health is always worth it. Not only will you enjoy a more active lifestyle with new-found confidence, but weight loss surgery can also drastically reduce an obese patient's risk of:
- Heart disease
- Type II diabetes
- Joint conditions
- Sleep conditions
Would you like to find out more about weight loss surgery? Brandon Regional Medical Center's Bariatric Center of Excellence offers regular weight loss seminars. Call (813) 653-1065 or visit us online to learn more. For any health-related questions or for a physician referral, please call our 24-hour Consult-A-Nurse service at 1-888-327-2636.