Depending on the procedure, bariatric surgery may be right for you if:

  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is at least 40, or you are at least 100 pounds overweight.
  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is at greater than 35 with at least two obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease
  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You have been overweight for more than 5 years.
  • Your serious weight loss attempts have had only short-term success.
  • You are not currently suffering from any other disease that may have caused your excess weight.
  • You are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
  • You do not drink alcohol in excess.
  • You are not currently pregnant.

Desoto Bariatrics and General Surgery of Southaven offer a variety of minimally invasive procedures that has helped thousands of people lose weight. But be aware that there are reasons why you may not be a candidate. You and Dr. Fore will review your medical history together to determine if you are a candidate.

Reasons why you might not be a candidate (remember, every patient is unique so if any of these apply to you, you should still call our office to discuss your options):

  • You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis, or Crohn’s disease.
  • You have severe heart or lung disease, or any other disease that makes you a poor candidate for any surgery.
  • You have a problem that could cause bleeding in the esophagus or stomach. That might include esophageal or gastric varices (dilated veins). It might also be something such as congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectasia (dilation of a small blood vessel).
  • You have portal hypertension.
  • Your esophagus, stomach, or intestine is not normal (congenital or acquired). For instance, you might have a narrowed opening.
  • You have/experienced an intraoperative gastric injury, such as a gastric perforation at or near the location of the intended band placement.
  • You have cirrhosis.
  • You have chronic pancreatitis.
  • You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
  • You have an infection anywhere in your body, or one that could contaminate the surgical area.
  • You are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.
  • You might be allergic to materials in the device.
  • You or someone in your family has an autoimmune connective tissue disease, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. The same is true if you have symptoms of one of these diseases.

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