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Before Having Bariatric Surgery, What Steps Do Patients Need To Take? - Dr. Fobi (VIDEO)

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Dr. Mathias Fobi describes what a patient needs to do before undergoing bariatric surgery.

Dr. Fobi:
After, during the first visit you would be told you are a candidate, but it takes about three to four weeks before you will be approved because to be a candidate means that you weigh a certain amount, which is usually described in terms of BMI. BMI is a term we use to categorize the amount of weight a person has. It is the weight in kilogram divided by the height in meter square, which is… you can find that information on your computer, just look for BMI.

People who have a BMI of 35 and above are candidates for weight loss surgery. That stops there, but to be eligible for the surgery there are other things you have to go through – you have to go through the psychotherapy, the nutritional evaluation, the cardiology evaluation, the pulmonary evaluation. There are some people who come for weight loss surgery with different motives. Those are not good candidates. You cannot come to have weight loss surgery because that will help you find a husband, because there are many skinny women who don’t have a husband.

If you did with surgeon or such a person you are going to have a poor result because when they have the weight loss and they don’t have a husband they are going to be miserable. First they can’t eat, now they don’t have the husband they are looking for, so it’s a disaster. So you have to make sure that the patient’s motivation to have surgery is appropriate and then, getting the approval from the insurance companies after they have been evaluated and felt to be safe for the surgery is the next step, and once that is done then the patient is scheduled for surgical treatment.

Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, is an internationally recognized bariatric surgeon, who has changed the shape of Hollywood heavyweights such as Etta James and American Idol’s Randy Jackson. MAL, as he is known among friends, was born in Nkwen, a small village in Cameroon, West Africa. He is a member of the first batch, class of 1965, 0f Sacred Heart College in Mankon Bamenda in Cameroon. He came to the USA through the African Scholarship Program for American Universities (ASPAU) in 1966. This was a scholarship program that was inaugurated by President Kennedy along with the Peace Corps Program.

Keywords:
Condition: Obesity, Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese

Related Terms: StomaphyX™, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Overweight, BMI, Body Mass Index, Decreased Mobility, Comorbidities, Diabetes, Hypertension, REALIZE®, GERD, Bariatric Seminars, REALIZE® Band, Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, StomaphyX™

Expert: Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, Mathias A. L. Fobi, M.D., Dr. Fobi, Doctor Fobi, Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Fobi

Expertise: Incisionless Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Fobi Pouch

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