Making the decision to have weight loss surgery is an important one, and a major step toward taking control of your health and improving it in a big way. But once you decide to start your weight loss surgery, how do you know which procedure is best for you? At Texas Health Flower Mound, we have four main options for you to choose from: Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND, Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy) and Duodenal Switch. So many factors go into making this choice, and we’re here to help. As Sharon Hillgartner, our Bariatrics journey Navigator explains, “A lot of it is meeting the patient where they are.”
So, let’s get a head start on that, with these four fast facts on factors to keep in mind when selecting which type of weight loss surgery is best for you.
Your BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a very important factor to determining if weight loss surgery is right for you, and which procedure is best. Generally people are considered overweight with a BMI between 25 and 30, and “obese” with a BMI above 30. Some procedures, like the Duodenal Switch, may be too drastic for someone with a BMI below 35, but perfect for someone with a BMI above 40. Determine your BMI by using our online BMI calculator: http://bariatrics.texashealthflowermound.com/bariatric-surgery/bmi-calculator/
Other Medical Conditions
Oftentimes obesity alone is not a reason for weight loss surgery – it is just one of the medical factors. One of the most prevalent medical conditions in conjunction with obesity is diabetes, and certain Bariatric procedures are more effective at reversing diabetes – for example, Duodenal Switch gives you the best chance of fully resolving diabetes, whereas LAP-BAND will not be as effective. Other medical conditions may include high blood pressure and hypertension, and if you have them (or don’t), your weight loss surgery preferences.
Sometimes it’s not your current BMI or medical condition that is most relevant – it’s your family history. If you’re young and don’t currently have diabetes, but have a strong family history of diabetes, certain weight loss surgery options may be more optimal than others. Likewise for heart conditions, and even cancer.
Of course, one of the most important factors in your weight loss surgery procedure decision is simply – what are your goals? For example, if your goal is to simply be healthier, and lose some weight in the process, a gastric sleeve or bypass may be what’s best for you. If your goal is to lose a lot of weight, a Duodenal Switch procedure may be the best way to go. Is your overriding goal completely eliminating diabetes? Go for the DS route. Identifying what your WLS goals are key to determining the procedure that’s best for you.
Learn more about weight loss surgery, and the options for your WLS journey at Texas Health Flower Mound, by talking to our journey Navigator, Sharon Hillgartner: http://bariatrics.texashealthflowermound.com/resources/request-an-appointment/
Find out if you’re a candidate here: http://bariatrics.texashealthflowermound.com/am-i-a-candidate/