If you’ve been considering weight loss surgery you’re perhaps already faintly aware of what’s involved. If not, don’t worry. There’s a lot to take in, from what makes one eligible for surgery to whole host of pros and cons. There’s also the weight loss surgery cost, too. Weight loss surgery prices aren’t low, averaging from around £3,500 to £11,500, depending upon the type of surgery you undergo.
So all things considered, we’ve put together this handy piece for you to help you to decide if weight-loss surgery is right for you. As always, be sure to consult your doctor if considering going down the path of weight-loss surgery.
Eligibility for Bariatric Surgery
In order to be the best bariatric surgery candidate, patients must be no fewer than 100 pounds heavier than their ideal body weight, with a BMI of 40, and be between the ages of 16 and 70, although there are some exceptions. If certain co-morbidities like diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension or cardiovascular disease are in play then a BMI of 35 to 39 may also be accepted.
It’s also integral for any women planning a pregnancy in the near future to know that you should absolutely not get pregnant within the first 18 to 24 months following the surgery. With bariatric surgery comes not only rapid weight loss, but also many nutritional deficiencies that can make pregnancy not only dangerous and risky for yourself, but also for the baby as it develops.
The Pros and Cons
While weight loss surgery can be a literal life saver for many, this isn’t to say that it will be right for everyone. We’ve broken down all of the pros and cons and risks and benefits of weight loss surgery, to help you to make an informed decision whether or not weight loss surgery is for you.
One of the biggest benefits of weight loss surgery, besides the actual weight-loss aspect, is that there are several other health benefits that can be attained once the excess weight has been shifted. There are many obesity-related medical conditions which, following weight loss surgery, may not even require medication anymore, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea.
Ultimately, 95% of those that have undergone weight loss surgery say that their quality of life has been improved. And this isn’t all; many studies have also reported a longer duration of life for those who have undergone surgery when compared to those that haven’t.
While the benefits of weight loss surgery may sound great, there are some risks that it can bring to the table. The type of complication that may arise will ultimately come down to the type of weight loss surgery that was performed. Some complications can be fairly mild and inconvenient, while others can be more uncomfortable. Short-term complications can range from bleeding, breathing issues or wound infections.
With even the best weight loss surgery in the land patients can still be at risk of developing issues such as sagging skin, gallstones, or malnutrition or vitamin deficiencies.
BMI, Waist Size and Your Health
When it comes to assessing weight and how much of a health risk it may be, there are three main measures taken into account: BMI (body mass index), waist size, and any health risks that may be associated with obesity.
Although not perfect, BMI is nevertheless a pretty useful measure for obesity. Calculated from a patient’s weight and height, it gives an estimate for the amount of body fat, and can be a pretty good gauge of the risk that someone may be running with regards to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even some cancers. Where its shortcomings come in is that it can be known to overestimate body fat in those with a particularly muscular build while also underestimating body fat for older persons who have lost muscle. The BMI scores break down as follows:
— 30.0+: Obese
— 25.0 – 29.9: Overweight
— 18.5 – 24.9: Average
— 18.5 and below: Underweight
Those with a greater amount of fat found around the waist (as opposed to the hips) will find themselves at a greater risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. By measuring the waist size, this can be a good screener for health risks such as these. For men with a waist size above 40 inches and women with a waist size above 35, this risk will only increase.
There are a handful of other health conditions, besides being overweight or obese, that can put you at a greater risk of developing health conditions like these, which includes the following:
— High blood pressure
— High blood glucose
— Lack of exercise
— High LDL cholesterol
— Low HDL cholesterol
— A family history of heart disease
— High triglycerides
Anyone with two or more of these risk factors and a BMI above 25 should make an effort to loose weight, even if it’s only a little.
It’s not always clear whether weight loss surgery is the right option for you. Therefore, a lot of consideration is needed before deciding. At Mhc, we work with hospitals and clinics in Turkey and Belgium who specialise in this area of medicine and are there to assess your suitability for treatment. Procedures start from €3990 including accommodation. Contact us today!