Our expert says:
Eating Disorders Expert
Yes, I do get this sort of question regularly, but I am more than happy to try and advise you. The sleeve (gastrectomy) procedure is extremely successful and poses minimal risk, it is the last sort if all non-surgical options have been exhausted. You certainly would qualify for bariatric surgery on your weight and medical condition. However, you would need to consider approaching a centre of excellence that provides bariatric surgery to have a full multidisciplinary team assess you thoroughly. No patient qualifies for surgery of they cannot demonstrate healthily controlled diet and exercise practices preceding surgery. The professional teams have dieticians and biokineticists to assist in this process. You have not mentioned whether you a diabetic? If you are, then a gastric bypass operation would be chosen ahead of a sleeve gastrectomy, as the latter will not resolve the diabetes, while a gastric bypass will almost certainly resolve the diabetes as well as all other medical complications associated with your weight. I can put you in touch with Sr. Gibson of the Chrysalis Bariatric Surgery Clinic if you would like to explore surgery as an option. If you do not live in Cape Town, she might be able to direct you to a team closer to where you live. Lastly, an increasing number of medical aid schemes are starting to pay for such surgery. It is not a cosmetic procedure, so medical aids are seeing the enormous benefits for their clients, where bariatric surgery saves their lives and also eliminated the enormous long-term costs of medical treatment for obesity. You can email me if you want to ask me more about your various options.
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