The National Institutes of Health has developed recommendations for patients seeking bariatric surgery.
These requirements are as follows:
BMI 35 – 39.9 with a significant weight related health problem.
Significant weight loss may help to improve hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, and many other obesity-related problems. If you suffer from one of these problems, you may benefit from weight loss surgery. Remember that your BMI is only one factor in the decision to have weight loss surgery. Other factors such as your overall medical condition and age are also considered before deciding if you’ll make a good candidate for weight loss surgery.
BMI over 40 with or without a significant weight related health problem
With a BMI over 40, you are considered severely obese. This category of weight puts you at increased risk for multiple health problems, or co-morbidities, that people with obesity face. It is unlikely you will be able to permanently lose a substantial amount of weight by dieting and exercise alone. Weight loss surgery may be an option for you.
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To schedule an appointment for a consultation with a bariatric surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center, call 215-710-5711.