Frequently Asked Questions
Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is typically considered for individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of >35 or a BMI of 30-35 with obesity-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnoea.
However, it’s important to note that eligibility criteria for weight loss surgery can vary depending on factors such as your overall health, medical history, and specific guidelines set by the medical professionals or institutions involved. Therefore, it’s recommended that you consult with a healthcare provider or a bariatric surgeon who can evaluate your individual circumstances and determine whether weight loss surgery is an appropriate option for you.
They will consider factors such as your BMI, previous weight loss attempts, the presence of obesity-related health conditions, and other relevant factors to determine your eligibility for weight loss surgery. It’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss your specific situation and get personalised advice.
Before bariatric surgery, common medical tests include:
- Physical Examination: Assessing your overall health and BMI.
- Blood Tests: Checking blood count, liver function, lipid profile, kidney function, glucose levels, and nutritional deficiencies.
- Imaging Studies: Evaluating the structure and condition of internal organs through ultrasound, X-rays, or upper GI series.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG): Assessing the heart’s electrical activity for any abnormalities.
- Pulmonary Function Tests: Evaluating lung function and identifying respiratory issues.
- Sleep Study: Detecting sleep apnoea or other sleep-related breathing disorders.
- Psychological Evaluation: Assessing mental health, readiness for surgery, and identifying potential psychological factors affecting success.
Please note that the specific tests may vary depending on your situation and the recommendations of your healthcare team.
Bariatric surgery carries risks such as surgical complications, infection, anaesthesia risks, leaks, blood clots, nutritional deficiencies, dumping syndrome, gallstones, ulcers, and psychological and emotional changes. It’s essential to discuss these risks with your healthcare team before making a decision.