Who can get qualified for Gastric Bypass Surgery

Mar 12, 2021

According to the latest statistics from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), almost a quarter million people underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2018.
Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of the stomach and bypasses some of the small intestine. While the idea of making surgical changes to your body might sound appealing, bariatric surgery isn’t for everyone. The surgery alone will not magically remove your excess weight. Candidates need to understand that it should be complemented with diet and exercise so that they can achieve long-term health and wellness goals.  It is a serious operation which requires lifelong changes in eating patterns and lifestyle habits which may not be in the best interests of some candidates.To be considered as a candidate for the surgery, a prospective patient must undergo a rigorous screening process. The criteria for gastric bypass includes your body mass index (BMI), any severe obesity-related problems, and your emotional and psychological health.
Once you have decided that gastric bypass surgery is an ideal solution for you, you may contact us for a consultation with Dr. Mustafa Alibhai. Our experienced and trusted bariatric surgeon from NOVA Bariatrics can explain to you about gastric bypass surgery requirements. Dallas residents who want to have a personal consultation can contact our Irving and Arlington practice. Call or email us today to schedule a consultation.Generally, gastric bypass surgery is intended for individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) that is greater than 40. This is based on the criteria set by the National Institute of Health and insurance carriers. In some cases, individuals who have a lower BMI  – between 35 to 39.9 –  and have weight-related health conditions may also be considered as viable candidates.  These health conditions are severe weight-related complications which may include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, severe osteoarthritis, slipped discs in the back, severe sleep apnea, polycystic ovarian syndrome and high cholesterol readings.During your first consultation with a bariatric surgeon to discuss the options for weight loss surgery, they should be able to explain the qualifications of having gastric bypass surgery and then evaluate your eligibility for it.
During your first consultation with a bariatric surgeon to discuss the options for weight loss surgery, they should be able to explain the qualifications of having gastric bypass surgery and then evaluate your eligibility for it.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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