Candidates for Gastric Bypass Surgery

Candidates for Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is recommended for those who are 90 pounds or over overweight and have or are likely to have medical complications in which it helps, and in many cases, be cured by substantial weight loss. While weight loss surgery is not for everyone, there are a lot of patients for whom losing a lot of weight is imperative, including those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, shortness of breath, arthritis and orthopedic problems (Bone) with your legs, hips or back. Weight loss surgery actually fails on those people who drink large amounts of regular soft drinks, consume sweets, ice cream, chips and fatty fried foods. If you are one of them and you feel that you can not switch to diet drinks and cut with sweets and fried, then gastric bypass surgery is not for you.

Determining Morbid Obesity

Health professionals commonly use ‘body mass index’ (BMI) as a way to help determine obesity. BMI is a calculated number dividing the weight of a person in kilograms by its height in square meters. Although a patient’s BMI can not be used to determine the actual percentage of body fat or total health condition, it is a means of categorizing weight in terms of nationally recognized standards.

These standards – derived from years of research and data – are based on the probability of whether or not a person will be healthy or unhealthy as they age.

A body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 is by definition morbid obesity. Less BMI can be morbid if it is associated with serious co-morbidities.

The total body mass index standards are:

  • BMI 18.5 to 24.9 healthy
  • BMI 25 to 29.9 overweight
  • BMI 30 to 39.9 obese
  • BMI 40 to 49.9 morbidly obese
  • BMI 50 or a super high obese

Answering the question “Am I morbidly obese?” Can give you the courage you need to take the first step towards weight loss surgery. Below, we have included a BMI calculator and an ideal body weight chart that you can use to determine if you are morbidly obese. (However, BMI is only one of many factors we consider when determining whether or not a patient is a good candidate for weight loss surgery.) You may be a good candidate for surgery if:

  • You are 100 pounds or more over your (ideal) healthy body weight
  • ¬†You have a BMI of 40 or more
  • You have a BMI of 35 or more and you have serious health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease, which are caused by your excess weight