There are many different factors  and guidelines set by international federations that helps to decide an ideal candidate for bariatric surgery or if the bariatric surgery is right for you.

Bariatric surgery is for people who want an active and healthy lifestyle but have a history of chronic moderate to severe obesity. Patient selection criteria plays  a very important role for achieving best results and minimizing complications.  In general, an ideal candidate for bariatric surgery is :

  • The patient has a  BMI of  40 or higher. However , patients with Asian background, the BMI should be 37.5 or higher.
  • If the patient is suffering from medical conditions associated with obesity like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, heart and respiratory disease, severe joint disease like arthritis, obesity-related severe psychological problems etc  then the patient with BMI of  35 or higher can be the candidate for bariatric surgery. Again, patient with Asian background, the BMI has been reduced and patient with BMI of 32.5 or more  can undergo surgery.
  • In some cases, a patient may qualify for certain types of bariatric surgery even  with low BMI if  they have serious obesity-related health problems.
  • A well motivated patient ready to adopt healthy life style and adhere to the advise of  nutritionists is a must to qualify for bariatric surgery.
  • The patient should not be suffering from any serious medical or psychological condition that can  cause serious complications during or after surgery. A complete and thorough examination taking care of all the aspects is a must before advising for bariatric surgery.
  • Patients who have failed to lose weight or to maintain long-term weight loss, despite appropriate  non-surgical comprehensive medical care can undergo weight loss surgery.
  • In case of adolescents, patient should have followed at least 6 months of organized weight reducing attempts in a specialized center. Such patients must show skeletal and developmental maturity.
  • Knowledge and understanding of your options, and its benefits and risks.Patients should have shown their compliance with scheduled medical appointments.

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