Bariatric surgery has received a lot of attention in the media recently thanks to the dramatic weight loss in some celebrities. Is it for everyone?
Bariatric surgery has been around for more than 25 years. New advances have improved its success rate and offer real hope for severely obese patients who have failed with diet, exercise and behavior modification.
What are the criteria for having bariatric surgery?
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or;
- BMI between 35 and 39.9, with significant obesity related medical problems
- A long-standing history of obesity with multiple failed attempts at weight loss in the past, preferably with organized, medically supervised programs
- Be between 20 and 60 years of age (patients outside this age range may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- Not be actively smoking or abusing drugs or alcohol
- Commit to long-term follow up and lifestyle modifications