Sydney Obesity Surgery
At Advanced Surgicare, Sydney bariatric surgery provider Dr. V. Kuzinkovas performs weight loss surgery to help individuals suffering from obesity lose the excess weight. Dr. Kuzinkovas is skilled in a range of bariatric surgery techniques, including gastric bypass, Lap Band gastric banding surgery and sleeve gastrectomy, so he is able to treat a wide range of obesity-related concerns.
What Is Obesity?
Obesity is the term used to describe a body weight greater than what is generally deemed healthy for a person of a given height. The term also describes a range of weight that is linked to an increased chance of developing certain health problems and diseases.
When establishing if an individual is an appropriate bariatric surgery candidate, Dr. Kuzinkovas refers to the person’s body mass index, or BMI. To determine BMI, the Sydney weight loss surgeon divides an individual’s weight in kilograms by the person’s height in square meters.
Although BMI does not necessarily reflect a person’s body fat percentage, it is an effective method for categorizing someone’s weight in relation to accepted standards. Usually, someone with a BMI of 30 or more is regarded as obese, and someone with a BMI of 40 or more is considered morbidly obese.
Obesity-Related Co-Morbid Health Conditions
However, a person with a BMI lower than 40 can still be considered morbidly obese if he or she suffers from at least one serious obesity-related health condition, known as a “co-morbid” health problem. Obesity-related co-morbid health conditions include heart disease, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea and several others.
Individuals with the following BMIs can be categorized as such:
- 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
Candidacy for Bariatric Surgery
Calculating one’s BMI is one of the initial steps in the journey toward losing weight. By determining BMI, individuals can honestly establish if they suffer from obesity or morbid obesity. Those who suffer from morbid obesity may be appropriate candidates for bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass, gastric banding surgery with the Lap Band or sleeve gastrectomy surgery. Although BMI is just one of many factors used to establish if someone is a suitable weight loss surgery candidate, it is an integral factor in determining candidacy.
In general, appropriate bariatric surgery candidates include those who:
- Have a BMI of at least 40
- Have a BMI of at least 30 to 35 and at least one serious co-morbid health condition
- Are overweight by about 20 kilograms or more
Recognizing that one suffers from morbid obesity can be a difficult realization. However, the only way to truly start on the journey toward weight loss, improved health and a better quality of life is to be honest with oneself about obesity.
Start on Your Weight Loss Journey Today
If you are ready to start on your journey to weight loss, improved health and an overall better quality of life, contact Dr. Kuzinkovas. He is a compassionate bariatric surgeon in Sydney who will listen to your concerns, evaluate your medical needs and recommend an appropriate bariatric surgery treatment protocol to help you lose the excess weight. You can start on your weight loss journey today.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kuzinkovas and to determine if you are an appropriate bariatric surgery candidate, contact Advanced Surgicare Clinic by calling 1300 551 533.