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Obesity and Weight Management

Bariatrics surgery

11/26/2005

Question:

would i benifit from this surgery male 60 years old BMI 40 sleep acme and diabeties

Answer:

Thank you for your question.  You have provided good information to consider in determining your appropriateness for surgery, but there is more to consider.  You mention your medical conditions but not what you have done in the past to lose weight.  Surgery should never be the first weight loss treatment tried. 

Most of the research on bariatric surgery has involved patients who are below the age of 60 years.  As we get older, the potential risks can outweigh the potential benefits.  This determination should only be made after evaluation of detailed nutritional, psychological and medical assessments have been considered.

Surgery is a tool to aid you in weight loss.  Like any other tool, it is only as useful as the person using the tool is skilled in using it.  By this I mean, you must make permanent lifestyle changes including exercising daily, limiting your food intake to 5-6 mini-meals appropriately balanced, and taking supplements (usually a prenatal vitamin, calcium citrate, B12 , possibly iron and others).

Surgery is a wonderful tool for the obese person who has truly been unable to lose weight and keep it off and is now ready to make permanent lifestyle changes, but it requires as much commitment on the patient's part as any other weight loss treatment.  Discuss your interest in weight loss surgery with your physician.  S/he should be able to guide you in your decision.

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Response by:

Shirley A Kindrick, PhD Shirley A Kindrick, PhD
Team Leader of Comprehensive Weight Management
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University