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How to Determine if Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery is for You

Obesity is a serious epidemic in America.  With fast food chains strung along every road with tempting deals and more bang for your buck as well more technology than ever, Americans are eating out and sitting around more than ever.  And along with all of this new technology comes hundreds of diets that are vying for attention and payment.  It’s no wonder the struggle against obesity is so widespread.

At BodEvolve, we understand the fight well.  All of the staff have undergone weight loss surgery and have experience to share with our patients.  Dr. Frenzel is a dual-fellowship trained surgeon in bariatric weight loss surgery and cosmetic surgery.  He takes patients from their current stage of life and walks with them through the weight loss surgery journey and post-bariatric cosmetic surgery to remove loose skin.  He shares his skills with others, giving patients hope for a better tomorrow.

As prospective patients look for a surgeon and support team, the number one concern is how well the body will hold up from surgery.  And we understand this concern.  Undergoing surgery is a decision that should not be taken lightly.  Allow us to help you determine if bariatric surgery is your best option.

Our first piece of advice for prospective patients is to do your research.  There is a lot of information regarding different procedures, but there is also a requirement for a lifestyle change post-bariatric surgery.  Do you have a support system to encourage you to stay on track? It’s crucial to adhere to the strict post-bariatric diet.

The first step is making up your mind.  With resolution, you are ready to take the next step.  During an initial consultation with Dr. Frenzel, you will learn about the different bariatric surgeries available—lap band, Realize band, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve.  Each of these procedures is designed to restrict food intake and help you lose weight.  Don’t feel alone in your choice; Dr. Frenzel understands each of these procedures with meticulous detail and will help you determine which procedure is best for your body.

To be a candidate for bariatric surgery, you need to be at least 18 years old with a BMI of 35 or above and need to lose 50 pounds or more.  It’s crucial that you are in good mental health and do not suffer from hyperphagia or polyphagia.

Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix.  It’s for determined patients that have experienced failures with other weight loss methods and need help in their attempts to change their lifestyle and live a more active and healthy lifestyle.

If you can check off these requirements, bariatric surgery is for you.