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Am I a Candidate? – Dr. V. Kuzinkovas

Weight Loss Surgery Criteria

Weight loss surgery is not an appropriate option for everyone. Bariatric surgery is not designed for people who simply wish to lose a small amount of weight or sculpt a certain area of their body. Instead, bariatric surgery is designed as a major weight loss tool to help individuals suffering from obesity who have a high body mass index (BMI) and / or obesity-related co-morbid health conditions.

Prospective patients who wonder if they are suitable candidates for bariatric surgery can find general guidelines about candidacy below. However, only a professional surgeon with extensive bariatric surgery experience, such as Dr. V. Kuzinkovas at Advanced Surgicare, can properly establish if someone is an appropriate candidate for weight loss surgery. Individuals who are ready to take the next step in pursuing weight loss surgery in Sydney should schedule an appointment with Dr. Kuzinkovas to determine if they can benefit from gastric bypass surgery, Lap Band surgery or gastric sleeve surgery.

What Is the Body Mass Index?

One of the determining factors that Dr. Kuzinkovas takes into account when identifying if a patient is an appropriate candidate for bariatric surgery, as well as which type of weight loss surgery the person would benefit from, is the person’s body mass index (BMI).

Although BMI does not specifically illustrate an individual’s percentage of body fat, it is a helpful tool for categorizing overall body weight according to accepted standards. For instance, a person with a BMI of 40 is considered morbidly obese. However, someone with a BMI lower than 40 may still suffer from morbid obesity if he or she also has at least one serious co-morbid disease or health condition.
To calculate BMI, individuals can divide their weight (in kilograms) by their height (in square meters).

BMI Guidelines

In general, the following BMI ranges correspond to the following weight categorizations:

  • 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 higher: Super Obese

Gastric Banding (Lap-Band) Surgery Candidacy

Appropriate candidates for gastric banding surgery (with the Lap Band) usually include individuals who:

  • Have a BMI of at least 40. (This typically translates to being overweight by 45.4 kilograms or more.)
  • Have a BMI of at least 30, are at least 13.6 kilograms overweight and suffer from at least one serious obesity-related co-morbid health concern.
  • Are 18 years old or older.
  • Have conscientiously tried to lose weight with diet and exercise, but have been unsuccessful or have experienced only short-term weight loss success.
  • Do not have any other disease or health problem that may be causing excess weight gain.
  • Are prepared to make substantial lifestyle changes, including adjusting their eating habits.
  • Do not consume alcohol in excess.
  • Are not currently pregnant. (The Lap Band may need to be deflated if a patient becomes pregnant after the adjustable band has been placed.)

Gastric Bypass Candidacy

Appropriate candidates for gastric bypass surgery typically include those who:

  • Have a BMI of 40 or more. (This usually translates to being overweight by 45.4 kilograms or more.)
  • Have a BMI of 35 or more and suffer from one or more serious obesity-related co-morbid health concerns.
  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Have seriously attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise, but have been unsuccessful or have had only short-term weight loss success.
  • Are not suffering from any other health condition that may be resulting in excess weight.
  • Are prepared to make significant changes to their lifestyle, including changing their eating habits.
  • Do not consume alcohol in excess.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Candidacy

Appropriate candidates for sleeve gastrectomy generally include individuals who:

  • Have a BMI of at least 40.
  • Have a BMI of 30-40 and at least one serious obesity-related co-morbid condition.
  • Are not appropriate candidates for gastric bypass due to increased risk factors.
  • Are between 18 and 60 years old.
  • Have seriously tried to lose weight with no success or only short-term success.
  • Do not have any other health problem that may be causing excess weight gain.
  • Are ready to make substantial lifestyle modifications, including changing their eating habits.
  • Do not excessively consume alcohol.

Find Out If You Are an Appropriate Candidate for Bariatric Surgery

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kuzinkovas to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for bariatric surgery, contact Advanced Surgicare Clinic by calling 1300 551 533.