Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery? Here’s What to Know

Are you hoping to lose significant weight but need help determining where to begin? We are here to help.

Considering weight loss surgery is a significant decision, and determining whether you’re a suitable candidate is crucial.

At Beltre Bariatrics in Maitland, Florida, we understand significant weight loss challenges. While trendy diets and supposed “miracle” pills may promise quick fixes, sustainable weight loss requires a multifaceted approach.

Led by board-certified surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre, our center offers a range of metabolic and bariatric surgeries as powerful tools in the fight against obesity and related health concerns.

Say goodbye to fruitless dieting and welcome real, lasting results with our comprehensive approach to weight loss. Continue reading to learn whether you could be a candidate for weight loss surgery.

Understanding Weight Loss Surgery Candidate Criteria

While everyone is unique, there are general criteria that can help assess candidacy for weight loss surgery. These may include:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI): Candidates typically have a BMI of 40 or higher or a BMI of 30-39.9 with obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea.
  • Documented Weight Loss Efforts: Candidates should demonstrate a history of unsuccessful attempts at non-surgical weight loss through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes.
  • Medical History: Your medical history, including any obesity-related health conditions and previous surgeries, will be evaluated to determine if weight loss surgery is appropriate.
  • Surgical Risk Tolerance: If you have non-weight-related health concerns that make any surgical procedure risky, you may not be a candidate for weight loss surgery.
  • Psychological Evaluation: A psychological assessment may be conducted to ensure readiness for the emotional and lifestyle changes associated with weight loss surgery.
  • Commitment to Lifestyle Changes: Candidates must be committed to making significant lifestyle changes, including adopting a healthier diet, increasing physical activity, and attending follow-up appointments. Failure to commit to these requirements can undermine the success of your weight loss and lead to serious health problems. Candidates for weight loss surgery must demonstrate an understanding of required lifestyle changes and a willingness to make those changes a permanent part of their lives.

I Meet the Basic Criteria: How Do I Determine if I am a Candidate?

During your initial consultation with Dr. Beltre, our experienced bariatric surgeon, he will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assess your candidacy for weight loss surgery.

This evaluation may include:

  • Reviewing your medical history and current health status
  • Assessing your BMI and obesity-related health conditions
  • Discussing your weight loss goals and expectations
  • Exploring previous weight loss efforts and challenges
  • Addressing any questions or concerns you may have about weight loss surgery

If you are deemed a candidate for weight loss surgery, Dr. Beltre will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and goals. This plan may include selecting the most appropriate bariatric procedure, discussing potential risks and benefits, and outlining post-operative care and follow-up appointments.

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Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

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Take the First Step Toward a Healthier You

If you’re wondering whether weight loss surgery is right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team at Beltre Bariatrics.

We are here to provide support, guidance, and expertise as you embark on your weight loss journey. Don’t hesitate to reach out – take the first step toward a healthier, happier you today.

DISCLAIMER: Metabolic surgery involves a lifetime commitment to significant lifestyle changes, and is not for everyone.  Individual results differ depending on each patient’s medical history and willingness and ability to adhere to the weight loss program specified by Dr. Beltre.  As with all surgical procedures, all forms of metabolic surgery carry the risk of complications and side effects; additional details about potential complications, side effects, and other risks will be provided to you by Dr. Beltre during your pre-surgical consultations.

The doctors at Beltre Bariatrics Center for Metabolic & Obesity Surgery have reviewed and approved this content.

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