Who qualifies for weight loss surgery?

Who qualifies for weight loss surgery?

Who qualifies for weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery is a major surgery that should only be considered after other weight loss methods have failed. In general, you may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery if you have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher with at least one obesity-related health condition, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnoea.
  • Tried other weight loss methods, such as diet and exercise, but have been unable to lose weight or keep it off.
  • Are in good overall health and have no other medical conditions that would make surgery too risky.
  • Are willing to make lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, after surgery.

If you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, talk to your doctor. They can help you determine if surgery is right for you and can refer you to a surgeon who specializes in weight loss surgery.

Here are some of the factors that your doctor will consider when deciding if you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery:

  • Your age
  • Your overall health
  • Your medical history
  • Your current weight
  • Your BMI
  • Your weight loss goals
  • Your willingness to make lifestyle changes
  • Your support system

It is important to remember that weight loss surgery is a tool that can help you lose weight and improve your health, but it is up to you to make the necessary lifestyle changes to maintain your weight loss.


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