The surgical procedure used to treat obesity is called bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery. These types of surgeries make some changes to the digestion system that help you lose weight. They either limit the amount of food you can eat, or reduce the nutrient absorption level, or both. These weight-loss surgeries are required when you are prone to serious health problems due to your weight.
Bariatric Surgery Requirements
Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. You must meet certain criteria to qualify for bariatric surgery such as:
- Your efforts to lose weight through diet and exercise have failed.
- Your BMI (body mass index) is 40 or higher.
- Your BMI is 35 or more, but you have other serious health problems due to weight, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or severe sleep apnea.
- You are a teenager going through puberty having a BMI of 35 or more, and serious health problems due to weight, such as type 2 diabetes, or severe sleep apnea.
- In some cases you may be eligible if your BMI is 30 to 34, and you have a serious health problem related to weight.
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