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Who should consider having weight loss surgery?

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Weight loss surgery is not for everyone. Doctors generally recommend it only for people who:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more -- about 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 for women
  • Have a lower BMI (35 to 40), but also have serious health problems related to obesity such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, or severe sleep apnea
  • Have tried and failed to lose weight by nonsurgical means such as diet and exercise
  • Fully understand the risks associated with weight loss surgery and are motivated

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

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