Who is a Candidate for Bariatric (Weight-loss) Surgery?

In general, bariatric surgery could be an option for you if:

  • Efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unsuccessful.
  • Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (extreme obesity).
  • Your BMI is 35 to 39.0 (obesity) and you have a serious weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure. severe sleep apnea or other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.

In some cases, you may qualify for certain types of weight-loss surgery if your BMI is 30 to 35 and you have serious weight-related health problems, particularly type 2 diabetes.

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