Five Requirements for Weight Loss Surgery

Numerous studies have shown that weight loss through bariatric surgery has become an effective method in the treatment of urinary incontinence. One observational study involving 201 women in the University of South Florida reported that urinary incontinence improved in 82 percent of the subjects after just only four months.

While weight loss surgery has been proven very effective in addressing obesity-related conditions such as urinary incontinence, this option is not just for anyone wanting to shed off unwanted pounds. Even if this procedure may be considered generally safe, bariatric surgery is a very serious undertaking which may involve a number of risks for the patient. There are certain requirements that must be met before a patient may be considered for bariatric surgery.

Based on the guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health, weight loss surgery might be an option for you if it meets either the first or second criteria together with the requirements under numbers 3, 4, and 5.

1. Body mass index (BMI) is greater than 40 kg/m2 or those classified as severely or morbidly obese. BMI is computed by dividing your weight in pounds by the square of your height in inches then multiplied by 703. A 210-pound woman with a height of 5 feet would have a BMI of 41 (210/3,600 x 703) making her severely obese. For the average male, this is 100 pounds overweight and 80 pounds overweight for the woman.

2. BMI is greater than 35 and you have obesity-related health problems that may improve with weight loss. Examples of such conditions are obstructive sleep apnea, severe arthritis, diabetes, and several other conditions where even a small weight loss would translate to immense benefits for the patient. Looking at it a different view, the risk of death for these people is greater if surgery is not undertaken compared to the risks from the possible complications resulting from the surgery.
It should be noted that in 2011, the FDA approved the Lap-Band restrictive surgery for those with a BMI of 30 or higher who have at least one obesity-related condition. This decision has made this particular type of surgery an option for more people.

3. It should be shown that traditional methods of weight loss such as diets and exercises have been tried and yet no improvement was experienced. The rationale behind this is that it is preferable to reduce weight without the risks associated with surgery. Bariatric surgery should be made a last option; after all other methods have been tried and have been proven ineffective. In some facilities, a person is required to show proof that serious efforts were exerted in cutting down weight using traditional methods.

4. You are ready to commit to permanent changes in lifestyle after the surgery. As mentioned earlier, weight loss surgery is not just for anyone who desires to lose weight but only for those who can commit to making new healthy lifestyle changes. An example would be the commitment to cut down on the quantity of food to be taken and to engage diligently in exercises.

5. You understand the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery. This may be considered as in line with the usual practice to have patients make an informed decision after knowing the risks involved as well as the benefits that may be enjoyed after the operation.

 The author has received contrasting views on the subject of weight loss surgery as a treatment for urinary incontinence. A number of experts believe that bariatric surgery would be preferable than vaginal mesh surgery if the latter would only result to severe complications. Thousands of women have been seriously injured by vaginal mesh implants which have led to the filing of multiple vaginal mesh lawsuits against different manufacturers. Be updated on this issue by checking Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Center at

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