Bariatric surgery is the best tool that medicine has to offer individuals who are severely overweight, but it is not for everyone. There are several requirements one has to meet to be a candidate for surgery:
- BMI of 40 or higher – People with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher are candidates for weight loss surgery. The BMI is a calculated measurement based on an individual’s height and weight.
- BMI of 35 or higher with medical co-morbidities – Individuals who have medical conditions related to their obesity may qualify for surgery if their body mass index is only 35. Some of these medical conditions, called co-morbidities, include type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and coronary heart disease.
- Failed conservative weight loss attempts – Weight loss surgery is a big step, and it should be considered only after traditional methods of weight loss have been tried.
There is not necessarily an upper age limit for weight loss surgery candidates. The risks and benefits of having an operation will need to be considered on an individual basis by your surgeon. The youngest patients to be considered for surgery are in their teens. Studies have shown that adolescents have excellent results after weight loss surgery. Careful consultation with our surgeons, a pediatrician, and perhaps other specialists, as well as the involvement of parents, is a definite requirement.
Our unique weight loss clinic offers a holistic and in-depth approach to weight loss. We have helped to improve the lives of thousands of patients through a combination of surgery, nutritional guidance, exercise programs, and psychological counseling. We help our patients not just lose the weight, but keep it off as well.
We want to answer all of your questions and we invite you to speak with one of our qualified bariatric doctors.