If you’ve battled your weight for years and you’ve tried traditional methods to slim down, it may be time to consider weight loss surgery. But how do you know if bariatric surgery is right for you? I recently spoke to Dr. Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, the President-elect of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He provided a few questions that you can ask yourself to help guide your answer.
- What is my BMI?
- Have I tried to lose weight with diet and exercise?
- How will weight loss affect my health?
- What changes am I willing to make to lose weight and keep it off for the long run?
The answers to these questions can provide a starting point on your journey to make a decision about weight loss surgery. Discuss your answers with your doctor to get more guidance. You might also consider taking an informative class through the Specialists in General Surgery. The surgeons there have partnered with North Memorial Medical Center to provide comprehensive care, management and planning for surgical weight loss for qualified patients.
Learn more about the informational classes and about your weight loss surgery options in this recent publication of Health eMinutes. You can also visit North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss to learn more about healthy eating, starting an exercise program and getting support throughout your weight loss journey.