Age, an unhealthy lifestyle and illness may result in a drastic increase in body weight. This problem is usually solved by changing your lifestyle by introducing more exercise into your life and cutting down on unhealthy foods. Losing weight is not always easy and sometimes you need to take more serious measures such as weight loss surgery. However, it must be considered that this option is not for everyone. Today’s blog post explores the indications for weight loss surgery.
The Health Clinic’s renowned surgeon Dr Martin Adamson recommends weight loss surgery for people whose weight has increased rapidly or who have worried about their weight for a longer period of time. “Late treatment may lead to chronic diseases, which may prove difficult to cure,” says Martin Adamson. “Obesity is a multifaceted disease, both in terms of its development, onset and the assessment of treatment options. In addition to body weight, we also consider the patient’s habits and objectives and coexisting chronic diseases when making treatment decisions. In the case of the latter, diabetes must above all be considered.” He adds that there are several methods of surgical treatment and the approach is as individual as possible. “It is good to see that people’s health awareness is increasing and the number of people who come to consultations and receive help grows each day,” concludes the surgeon.
What happens once you have decided to lose weight via bariatric surgery? Teamwork is the key. Patients’ suitability is usually assessed by a nutrition specialist, a surgeon and, ideally, a psychologist. In addition to being in general good health, you also require mental strength, so that coping with the surgery and the recovery period would be as easy as possible.
NB! Just as in the case of other surgical procedures, you also need to consider the possible risks of weight loss surgery.
To undergo bariatric surgery, you need to meet the following conditions:
- You have worked out and dieted for a long period of time and it has not helped. Regular exercise, general physical activity and a healthy diet are the pillars of maintaining a normal weight, but there are special cases in which these do not help. In such cases, patients can solve the problem by weight loss surgery. These cases are in turn regulated by general weight loss surgery criteria, which are followed by bariatric surgeons all over the world.
- Your body mass index is at least 40. Weight loss surgery is considered for patients whose body mass index is over 40. Normal body mass index is in the range of 19-25. Body mass index is a number that expresses the ratio of your height and weight. You can calculate it here.
- Your body mass index is 35 or more and you have a serious illness, e.g. type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnoea.
Your nutritional and weight history, medical and psychological condition, motivation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle after surgery and age are also considered.
Which types of weight loss surgery does The Health Clinic offer?
- Gastric balloon (€2690/3290)
- Gastric banding (€4690)
- Gastric plication (€4690)
- Sleeve gastrectomy (€5850)
- Gastric bypass surgery (€5850)
- Mini-bypass surgery (€5850)
If you are interested in weight loss surgery, do not hesitate to contact us.