Obesity is an epidemic. It may lead to other illnesses like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, limited or non-existent physical activity, and other health issues. The state of obesity’s annual report says that adult obesity is over 30 percent nationwide while nearly 5 percent of high school students are obese.
Bariatric surgery is a viable weight-loss option that can help treat obesity. It can be life-changing for those who want to lose weight and can produce sustainable weight loss in obese people who have not achieved long-term success with other weight loss attempts.
When Does a Bariatric Surgeon Recommend Surgery?
As a general rule, bariatric surgery is recommended for individuals with a BMI greater than 35 kg/m2.
Surgery is also recommended for patients who are likely to develop complications of obesity and subsequent reduced quality of life over time without active intervention. There are different bariatric surgeries, such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, lap-band, SIPS (SADI-S) bariatric surgery, Roux-en-Y (RNY) gastric bypass, etc.
Is There a Minimum Weight Required to be Considered for Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgeons may suggest surgical treatment for weight loss if you have a BMI greater than 35 kg/m2.
Is There An Average Age that People Have Bariatric Surgery?
The average age of the patient ranges between minimum age of 17 to 68 years old. However, there is no specific age requirement to have bariatric surgery. At Perth Surgical & Bariatrics, we see adolescents and have older patients as well.
How Important is It to Change One’s Lifestyle after the Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is one of the best tools that can help obese people achieve drastic weight loss. However, reducing 60 percent to 70 percent of one’s stomach is just a part of it in order to sustain long-term results. After surgery, it is important to align your mind and your heart with changing your eating habits and your lifestyle. Else, all efforts will be unsuccessful. Unless a lifestyle change is made long-term, bariatric surgery will be a temporary fix.
The patients must follow the advice of their doctors and develop healthy habits for life. They need to follow the instructions of the doctor before and after the surgery to make sure the weight-loss journey is successful.
Why Choose Us?
Perth Surgical & Bariatrics offers various minimally-invasive bariatric procedures like the Sleeve gastrectomy, various gastric bypass procedures like the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, SIPS (SADI-S) Surgery, etc and revisional bariatric surgical procedures.
Dr. Ravi Rao, a pioneering bariatric surgeon
with a remarkable record of success in weight-loss, general surgery, and revisional procedures, and his team at Perth Surgical and Bariatrics ensure that every patient at Perth Surgical & Bariatrics receives world-class treatment, safety, and care. Dr. Rao also performs Abdominoplasty and Brachioplasty for his weight loss patients. He also performs laparoscopic general surgeries such as gallbladder surgery, all types of complex abdominal hernias, fundoplications, and antireflux surgery.