Traditional methods of losing weight might not be working. An endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is an option that you can discuss with a doctor, but there are a few factors to consider regarding the qualifications associated with the surgery. Overall, you need to be in good health. If there are any issues with your heart, then our doctor might want to postpone the surgery until you lose weight on your own so that your heart and the rest of your body will be able to endure anesthesia.
Another factor that you want to consider is that you’ve lost weight on your own. You’ll usually be given information about how to lose weight and be asked to lose a certain amount within a month or so in order for our doctor to see that you’re dedicated to making lifestyle changes. You’re going to need to learn how to eat fewer calories and make the changes that are needed after your surgery so that you continue losing weight instead of gaining to the point you’re at the weight that you were before surgery.
Generally speaking, you will usually qualify for an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty if your BMI is over 40 and you’re 100 pounds or more overweight. If you have a BMI of 35 or greater and you also have health issues that are related to your weight, then our doctor could consider you for the surgery as well. This isn’t a procedure for someone who is not overweight as you likely don’t need to lose any weight if you’re healthy and have a BMI that is lower.
Some of the health issues that our doctor might consider include sleep apnea, a fatty liver disease that isn’t caused by alcohol, and heart disease. These are only a few of the issues that you could have that are related to your weight that could be considered with a lower BMI of 35, but you would need to be able to show that these issues could be improved if you were to lose weight as is the case with most people who have this type of surgery. You would also qualify if you’ve tried other weight loss solutions and have seen success but only for a short time.
Consult with our doctor at Batash Medical about the qualifications for an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty to see if you can have this surgery performed to achieve your weight loss goals. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Rego Park.