How overweight for surgery?

This is a really common question – one that is asked a lot by prospective clients.

There is a minimum qualification for surgery and generally, The biggest caveat is if you are already at a healthy weight you will not be eligible for surgery. Generally, any BMI that puts you into the overweight or obese category will mean you fulfill the basic eligibility.

In saying that however, the surgeon takes into account a lot of factors to ensure you are a good candidate for surgery and other factors that will determine the best type of gastric surgery for you.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Your current medical profile
  • Your weight, height and waist size to determine your Body Mass Index
  • Weight loss and gain history
  • Medications
  • Past surgical history
  • Illnesses or disease
  • Your general health
  • Your general fitness
  • Your current and past activity levels
  • Current and past injuries
  • Your food preferences (sweet or savory)
  • Any current or past psychological or mental health concerns

I knew that if I didn’t do something soon that I was going to be in an early grave – not discounting the terrible quality of life I had. Dr. Gee and the team at A New Life literally saved my life.

Terri Bowden – NT, Australia

Dr Tikfu Gee wants to ensure you are not only a good candidate from a safety perspective, but also that you will get the result you so desperately want. We have to take into account your general health as well to ensure you are healthy and fit enough o be able to travel by plane for a minimum of 8-10 hours.

The important thing to remember is, gastric surgery is ‘remedial’ ( giving or intended as a remedy or cure) not as a preventative measure. So if you are thinking to have surgery to ‘keep weight off’ then you won’t be approved.

Hundreds of our clients have been successful after traveling to Kuala Lumpur from Australia to have this life-saving surgery. Find out today if you are eligible by completing this 15-minute Eligibility Assessment.

Clint is a Managing Director of A New Life Australia

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