Bariatric surgery can speed weight loss, improve health

For many, weight loss isn’t as easy as following the “eat less, exercise more” philosophy. Genetics, environment, hormonal disorders and other contributing factors can all be impediments to shedding the pounds.

However, advancements and options in bariatric surgeries have made it possible to lose weight while improving overall health for countless patients.

Bariatric surgery prerequisites

Bariatric surgery may be a highly effective method of losing weight, but not everyone is eligible, according to Kelli Hanzo, director at The Center for Advanced Bariatric Surgery at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair. Insurance companies and the hospital have certain criteria that need to be met.
“Typically, patients need to have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater, which is a calculation based on height and weight that doctors and insurance companies use. Patients with a BMI of at least 35 are also required to have a co-morbidity associated with excess weight such as diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. Patients who have a BMI of 40 or greater can qualify without having any co-morbidities,” says Hanzo.
In addition, she says all candidates are given nutritional counseling sessions with the center’s bariatric dietitian prior to undergoing any procedure.
“We make sure they know all the right things to do before surgery occurs,” says Hanzo.


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