The decision to have weight-loss surgery should be made with careful consideration and investigation. In order to be considered for the surgery, patients must have a BMI of 40 or more or a BMI of 35 or more with obesity related illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and/or sleep apnea. The issues facing obese patients during surgery pertain to bariatric procedures as well, so patients must have a thorough exam for risk factors prior to surgery.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery offers information for consumers regarding bariatric surgery. Visit the ASMBS site for information on common types of bariatric surgeries, risk factors involved, as well as overall benefits of having the surgery.
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Fact Sheet (PDF)