What Qualifies You for Obesity Surgery?
Being overweight is not the only factor when it comes to qualifying for obesity surgery. Contrary to what some believe there are several health factors that play an important role in qualifying for surgery. Obesity is a chronic condition that can be very challenging to treat.
Since weight loss surgery is an elective procedure for obese individuals it is important to determine what qualifies you for it. It is more about the symptoms and conditions that accompany obesity that qualifies the patient for weight loss surgery. Potential candidates for surgery are people who are morbidly obese and desire long-term weight loss. These candidates have numerous failed attempts to losing weight and keeping it off and who suffer from one or many of the following:
- Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. Sleep apnea is treated by losing weight and is often caused by an excess of weight on the body. Sleep apnea, if left untreated, can be life threatening and is a potentially dangerous disorder.
- High blood pressure
High blood pressure can be caused by an individual who is overweight. The excess weight puts stress on the heart and causes the pressure to rise. Obese individuals with high blood pressure are at significant risk for stroke, heart attack, and hypertension.
People with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or more are considered morbidly obese, and with obesity come feelings of depression. Whether clinically depressed or not, feelings of sadness or the blues are often caused by feeling bad about yourself. Being overweight leads to depression due to the actual act of being overweight as well as the many other health issues that surround the problem.
Asthma and difficulty breathing is most commonly caused by being overweight. The pressure on the lungs causes a strain in breathing and asthma is developed. Asthma is often treated by prescribing a weight loss program in order to relieve the symptoms.
Diabetes is often caused from being overweight. Symptoms of diabetes can be treated by the patient losing weight and keeping it off. Bariatric surgery and other weight loss surgeries enable long-term weight loss and lower the risk of diabetes in most individuals who undergo surgery.
- Digestive problems
Problems with digestion can arise with obesity. Normally the overweight individual does not eat healthy; otherwise weight would not be an issue. Rather, the obese person consumes high levels of fried foods, fat, sugar and low-fiber products. The digestive system and liver can experience problems due to the poor diet.
- Pain in joints
When a person is significantly overweight, muscles and joints begin to ache. Disabling pain in the weight-bearing joints can occur over time when weight has been carried. Most obese individuals prior to surgery experience pain in their knees, ankles, elbows, and hips due to the excess amount of weight the person carries. Surgery can help to relieve the pain one the weight comes off.