Am I A Candidate For Weight Loss Surgery?

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Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, is a safe and effective treatment for morbid obesity and health conditions associated with excess weight. The consensus statement from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) concludes that bariatric surgery is the best therapy currently available for morbid obesity, better than diet and exercise alone. Research from the most respected medical journals supports this opinion.

Medical and behavioral interventions rarely result in the significant, sustained, weight loss necessary to improve health. To date, surgical therapy is the only effective tool to combat the disease of morbid obesity. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and roux-en-Y gastric bypass offer safe and effective long-term weight loss. There is resultant improvement or resolution of co-morbid disease states. Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, gastro esophageal reflux, joint pain, infertility and others get resolved with weight loss following bariatric surgery.

Is Weight Loss Surgery right for me?

Bariatric surgery may be the next step for people who remain severely obese after trying non-surgical approaches, or for people who have an obesity-related disease. Surgery to produce weight loss is a serious undertaking. Anyone thinking about undergoing this type of operation should understand what it involves. Answers to the following questions may help you decide whether weight-loss surgery is right for you.

Are you?

  • Unlikely to lose weight or keep weight off long-term with nonsurgical measures?
  • Well informed about the surgical procedure and the effects of treatment
  • Determined to lose weight and improve your health?
  • Aware of how your life may change after the operation (adjustment to the side effects of the operation, including the need to chew food well and inability to eat large meals)?
  • Aware of the potential for serious complications, dietary restrictions, and occasional failures?
  • Committed to lifelong medical follow-up and vitamin/mineral supplementation?


Remember: There are no guarantees for any method, including surgery, to produce and maintain weight loss. Success is possible only with maximum cooperation and commitment to behavioral change and medical follow-up—and this cooperation and commitment must be carried out for the rest of your life.

There are typically age restrictions to bariatric surgery, 18-65 years old are acceptable candidates to bariatric surgery. Yet, some individuals under 18, could be eligible for weight loss surgery - depending on their BMI and risks associated to their overall health.

Other requirements for bariatric surgery could include people who are not addicted to drugs, and have good mental health. Good candidates are considered if their obesity exists for over five years. Candidates, who’ve been considered obese (based on BMI) for only a few years, may not be considered candidates for bariatric surgery. Click here to check your body mass Index

Bariatric Surgery Candidate Information

  • Only a professional, qualified bariatric physician or surgeon can tell you if you are a good patient for weight loss surgery. We encourage you to schedule a visit with one of our surgeons
  • Patient information on bariatric surgery may be required for candidacy. Knowledge of the risk factors associated with bariatric surgery and weight loss surgery expectations, are sometimes required for candidacy. The best place to find all of this out is at one of our FREE WEIGHT LOSS SEMINARS

Deciding whether to undergo bariatric surgery is a major decision. When the time is right our highly experienced surgeons are ready with the expertise and support you need for an outstanding outcome. Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary bariatric program is designed to help patients achieve a healthier lifestyle for the years ahead. The Surgical Weight Loss Program developed by Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm is comprehensive and multidisciplinary. It combines surgical, psychological, nutritional, medical, rehabilitation and fitness services to promote life-long change. Our program staff has the training and experience essential to help patients achieve lasting weight-loss results. Patients receive one-on-one assistance in a caring, non-judgmental environment. Educational support groups empower patients with the information and encouragement they need to achieve their goals. Working with our staff, our surgical weight-loss patients are able to live longer and improve the overall quality of their daily lives.

Today, there are many safe and effective options for the surgical treatment of morbid obesity Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm specializes in Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass surgery and adjustable gastric banding surgery, two of the most proven bariatric surgeries to date. Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm also offers the sleeve Gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery) as well as Gastric Banding with Plication and Gastric Plication. At Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm, surgery is typically performed laparoscopically, using minimally invasive techniques that minimize associated surgical risks. Surgery takes place at a nearby hospitals which means that you may be able to go home within a day or two. You may even being a candidate for SILS (single incision laparoscopic surgery) a virtual scarless procedure done entirely through you belly button.

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