Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?
UPMC Chautauqua WCA
31 Sherman Street Building, Suite 2500
UPMC Chautauqua WCA)
Jamestown, NY 14701
Fax: (716) 485-7878
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Our Bariatric Physician
Galo Grijalva, MD FACS
For individuals who remain severely obese after conventional approaches to weight loss such as diet and exercise have failed or for individuals who have an obesity-related disease, surgery may be the best treatment option. For other individuals, however, greater efforts toward weight control such as changes in eating habits, behavior modification, and increasing physical activity, may be more appropriate.
Answering the following questions may help you decide if surgery is right for you:
- Are you morbidly obese (have a BMI over 40)?
- Do you have a BMI greater than 35 with one or more significant obesity related conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and a family history of early coronary heart disease?
- Have you tried – for at least five years – to lose weight through diet; exercise and behavior modification but cannot maintain the weight loss?
- Have you tried dieting in the past? Has it been combined with simultaneous behavior therapy and exercise?
- If you have depression or excessive stress, has it been adequately treated?
- Have you been carefully evaluated by a team of medical, surgical, behavioral and nutrition experts?
- Do you understand the gastric bypass and/or the gastric sleeve procedure?
- Are you committed to lifelong follow-up care and lifestyle changes?
- Do you have realistic expectations and are motivated?
- Are you between 18 and 65 years old?