Dr Oz: Gastric Surgery Candidate Checklist

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Dr Oz: Gastric Surgery Candidate Checklist

By on January 23, 2012

Dr Oz: Gastric Bypass Surgery Candidate Checklist

Doctor Oz did a show on Gastric Bypass Surgery.  Still not sure if this is something you want to do? In this segment, Dr Oz looked at both sides to help you decide if this procedure is something you should consider.

In this segment, Dr. Mark Essler joined Dr Oz.

Dr Oz Gastric Bypass Surgery Checklist

Dr Oz Gastric Bypass Surgery Checklist

Dr. Essler stated that he has performed thousands of these procedures, including the one on Joelle. Dr Oz asked Dr. Essler if he believed that the 5’4”/200 lb criteria was good. Dr. Essler stated that this number may even go down, especially if you have obesity related issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure. According to Dr. Essler, if your BMI is between 30-32 and you have diabetes, you are an excellent candidate. Health insurance may even pay for the procedure in the near future. (Because of Joelle’s related health issues, her insurance paid for her surgery.)

Dr Oz asked Joelle if she was happy with the procedure and she stated that she was doing great and that she was happy that she did it. She is also medication free and her blood sugar is under control. To prove it, Dr Oz gave Joelle’s Truth Tube numbers:

Truth tube:
Blood Pressure:

Before: 146/96 and she was on 4 medications
After: 135/90 and only on 1 medication

Blood Sugar:

Before Fasting Number: 172
After Fasting Number: 114 and on no medication

Joelle has also lost 5 lbs in the first week after her surgery. Dr Oz noted that with the surgery, Joelle went from many medications to almost no medications, plus, her numbers are better.

Dr Oz: Gastric Bypass Pros vs Cons

Sabina, an audience member, stood up and told Dr Oz that she had gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago. She unfortunately gained the weight back. She had lost 110 lbs within 10 months after her surgery, however, she got pregnant and had 3 kids. Almost immediately, she started gaining the weight back each time after each child. Sabina stated that one big reason you overeat is due to emotional issues and even with the surgery, those issues are still there.

Dr Oz: Gastric Bypass Surgery Candidates

1. body mass index over 35 with obesity related hypertension
2. unable to maintain significant weight loss through diet and exercise
3. ready to commit to a lifelong behavioral change that includes a healthy lifestyle

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