Your decision to have bariatric surgery is complex and should involve your doctors. In general, the criteria is based on your body mass index (BMI), which is calculated using your height and weight. BMI is used to determine your risk for weight-related health problems.
Ultimately the decision for surgery requires a consultation with a bariatric surgeon, but the following are guidelines that can help determine whether or not you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery.
- Your BMI is 40 or greater
- OR your BMI is 30 or greater and you have diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or certain other medical conditions diagnosed by a physician.
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