Qualifying as a Bariatric Surgery Candidate

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Bariatric surgery is the most effective weight loss treatment method, offering the greatest chance for lasting weight loss with safe, effective treatment. Dr. Liza María Pompa González can help you understand if you are a bariatric surgery candidate at our surgical center in Tijuana, Mexico. If you qualify, she can provide effective treatment performing one of a variety of surgical procedures. The bariatric program at LIMARP®️ is designed to help patients lose weight and educate them on effective ways to improve their health and prevent future weight gain. 

Candidates for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery can reduce your risk of obesity-related medical conditions. The typical candidate for bariatric surgery has a body mass index (BMI) over 40, or a BMI between 35 and 39.5 in conjunction with a serious health condition such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, or high cholesterol. You must also have been unsuccessful at previous weight loss attempts through medically supervised diet and exercise. Some patients with a BMI of 30 may be a candidate for surgery, but a consultation with Dr. Pompa González can help you better understand if you may qualify for surgical treatment. Women who are interested in becoming pregnant should understand they must wait at least 18 months after treatment before trying to conceive. 

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The team at LIMARP International Center of Excellence for Obesity in Tijuana, MX, evaluates a number of factors when determining your candidacy for bariatric surgery, including BMI and obesity, chronic health problems, and unsuccessful past attempts to lose weight. Weight loss surgery is not for everyone. It is best used as a tool to supplement weight loss among patients who have a BMI (body mass index) above 40.

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Potential candidates for bariatric surgery must also be dedicated and committed to the pre-operative phase of appointments, educational sessions, changes to diet, and more. Patients must also commit to a lifestyle of healthy diet and exercise following surgery. To qualify for bariatric surgery you must also be healthy enough to undergo surgery with minimal risks. Patients who smoke must quite before an during treatment, and all patients must reduce alcohol consumption to limit risks associated with these habits. It is important to understand that minimizing alcohol intake after surgery is also recommended.

To determine if you might be a candidate for bariatric surgery, you can calculate your BMI using simple online calculators and programs. You can also discuss your options with Dr. Pompa González. After evaluating your medical history and overall health issues, she can help you to understand your candidacy for the procedure.

A Comprehensive Evaluation

Bariatric surgery is a serious and life changing procedure. Our multidisciplinary team will perform both a physical and mental evaluation to make a final determination in regards to your candidacy for surgery. Our skilled medical team will evaluate your nutrition and weight history, any weight-related medical conditions you may have that can affect if you can physically undergo surgery, your psychological health to determine if you are mentally prepared both for surgery and the drastic changes that will follow, your age, and your level of motivation and commitment to weight loss.

Once our team determines that you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery, we can choose the most effective type of surgery for you. There are several different techniques that can be performed to either restrict the amount of food you eat, limit your body’s ability to absorb calories, or both. The right surgery for you will depend on your long-term goals, your specific health concerns, and your overall health. Our highly qualified team can help you choose the best option for you.

Schedule Your Consultation

Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure for patients who have been unsuccessful with other weight loss methods. If you are considering bariatric surgery and think you may be a good candidate, you can contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pompa González.

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