Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery

What Can Disqualify You From Bariatric Surgery?

Dr. Jason F. Moy
Dr. Brian T. Chin
Daniel Roman
January 24, 2023
What Can Disqualify You From Bariatric Surgery?

Deciding whether to have weight loss surgery can be very daunting. You want to lose weight, but might not be sure whether surgery is the best option. Numerous people have had success with bariatric care and you might know someone who speaks highly of it. But what can disqualify you from bariatric surgery?

Many people aren’t aware of the specific qualifications and risks that determine your eligibility for bariatric surgery. We’ve laid out some common risk factors so you know what to expect when speaking to a medical professional.

Common Risk Factors Can Make You Not Suitable for Bariatric Surgery

When meeting with your medical professional about weight loss options, your health is always the top priority. In some cases, bariatric surgery can cause long-term health issues and isn’t worth the risk. Some of the top risk factors that may disqualify you from bariatric surgery include:

  • Being over age 75 or under age 16
  • Having an alcohol or drug addiction
  • Severe lung issues
  • History of heart disease
  • Certain autoimmune diseases
  • Blood disorders
  • And more

However, these conditions may not automatically disqualify you from bariatric surgery. After meeting with your medical professional, you will have a clearer picture of the risks and benefits.

Locating The Best Bariatric Surgery Near Me

When you search for “bariatric surgery near me,” you’ll likely see a lot of information. Choosing the best bariatric center is your first step in having a successful experience. You will then have a clear picture of the bariatric surgery requirements and can make an informed decision.

Consider The Medical Professional’s Experience

Don’t hesitate to ask doctors difficult questions about bariatric surgery. The more experience a surgeon has, the better hands you will be in. Ask them about their education, background, experience, and specialties. If they choose not to answer certain questions, then consider it to be a red flag. Their qualifications are vital to the success of your surgery and can give you peace of mind.

Support Options Available

One thing to note about bariatric surgery is you aren’t done once the operation has concluded. It will take time to navigate the recovery process safely and effectively. Having support options available following your procedure is essential. Recovery time can last from several weeks to even several months or longer. The willingness and capability of your doctor to provide support options should be major components of your decision.

Provides Education on Bariatric Surgery

Any provider that wants to get your procedure over with as quickly as possible should be avoided. Instead, they should take the time to educate you on bariatric surgery and what to expect. You shouldn’t have to go into bariatric surgery blindly, and you should demand information if it’s not provided willingly. Everything from pre-care, to the surgery itself, and post-care should all be discussed. This way, you will have the information you need to feel confident with the procedure.

Schedule A Consultation With A Trusted Provider

Choosing a trusted provider is the first step in a successful bariatric surgery experience. Pay attention to the demeanor of everyone you come in contact with. From the staff to the doctors and everyone in between, you should have a solid team in your corner. You will be working with them for several months following your surgery, so trust is critical. Having a team ready to be a part of your weight loss journey is beneficial in many areas of your life.

BASS Bariatric Surgery Center provides the education, expertise, and support you need for a great experience. Bariatric surgery can change your life for the better and we want to earn your trust. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn about our practice and to schedule a consultation.

About The Author

Daniel Roman, Content Writer

Daniel Roman is a Digital Content Writer at BASS Medical Group. He received his Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley in 2021. Daniel has published multiple newspaper articles covering public health issues. His latest was a magazine cover story on pandemics and diseases that he co-wrote with Dr. Elena Conis, a historian of medicine, public health, and the environment.

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