You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if:
You're an obese adult, especially if you have a weight-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes.
You know the risks and benefits.
You're ready to adjust how you eat after the surgery.
You're committed to making lifestyle changes to keep the weight off.
Teens usually don't get weight loss surgery unless they're extremely obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 35, and with a weight-related condition.
If you're thinking...
Weight loss surgery can help you shed a lot of pounds.
That weight loss often leads to other health benefits. Improvements in general health are common. Obesity-related medical conditions usually improve or even go away after weight loss surgery, including:
After weight loss surgery, most people -- about 95% -- say their quality of life is better. Some studies also suggest people live longer after weight loss surgery, compared to equally obese people who don't get surgery.
Risks of Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery carries real risks. As many as 10% of people have complications afterward.
Usually problems are only unpleasant or inconvenient. Some might cause some pain and discomfort or require additional surgeries, including: