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How overweight do you have to be to have gastric bypass surgery?

How overweight do you have to be to have gastric bypass surgery?

BMI >40: As different people have different dimensions of weight and height, the current recommendations of bariatric or weight loss surgery are based on bmi (weight/height squared). People with bmi>35 and a comorbid condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or anyone with bmi>40. You can calculate bmi this by going to http://www.Cdc.Gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.Html. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure to help lose weight. Restrictive is in the fact that the stomach is down sized to a 2 oz pouch and malabsorptive is in bypassing part of the stomach and 100 to 150 cm of the small ...Read more


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How much over weight do you have to be before you can have a gastric sleeve surgery performed?

Sleeve gastrectomy: You need to have a BMI over 40 if you have no medical problems, or a BMI over 35 if you have at least 2 obesity related medical problems. ...Read more

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How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

Obesity, and...: Obesity is the main health problem to qualify. Bmi (body mass index) >40, or >35 with associated health problems such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension. Formerly had to be "morbidly obese" >100 pounds (45 kg) over ideal body weight. Bmi=wt (kg)/sqht (meters). Can be thrown off if very muscular. Measures weight not amount of fat. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to have weight loss surgery?

How old do you have to be to have weight loss surgery?

Depends: Most insurances require the patient to be at least 18 although a few are allowing as young as 15 if they meet significant medical necessity. If the patient or family self finances the procedure then it's up to the surgeon and their comfort level and their experience with potentially younger patients.There are no absolute contraindications to operating on younger patients as long as they're healthy. ...Read more

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Why are you not able to have gastric bypass surgery if you have severe mental disorders?

Why are you not able to have gastric bypass surgery if you have severe mental disorders?

Major surgery: Having gastric bypas surgery is a mjor undertaking and requires the person to have stable cardiac function, stable lung function, and yes, stable mental health. Mental health willplay a large role in the eventaul succes of gatric bypass, so it is importatn to be mentally sound to get this surgery, so a person will have the best possible outcomes. ...Read more

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Can you have gastric bypass surgery if you have celaic and lupus?

Can you have gastric bypass surgery if you have celaic and lupus?

Celiac and lupus: Not if you are currently suffering from symptoms of both. However, if both are well controlled and not bothering you, weight loss surgery can be performed safely. I would not undergo surgery if you have active disease though. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be in order to have bunion surgery?

How old do you have to be in order to have bunion surgery?

Depends on deformity: Decision to perform surgery depends on a variety of factors. If they bother on a regular basis or limit activity, it is time to consider surgery. Good shoes with support can slow down the process and poor shoes can speed up and/or aggravate the problem. See your podiatrist to discuss options. Visit ACFAS.org. Dr l. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to get lasik surgery?

How old do you have to be to get lasik surgery?

FDA approval is 18.: Fda approval is 18 years and a stable refraction (no significant changes over a year). Ideally 21 and older with a stable refraction. ...Read more

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Can you have lupus and get gastric bypass surgery?

Maybe: It really depends on a number of factors. The major factor is the state of your lupus. How well controlled is your disease and do you have significant kidney or neurologic manifestations. Your rheumatologist can help determine if you are a surgical candidate and if the advantages of this surgery outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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I have gallstones and do not need to have surgery at this time. How to improve gallbladder health.

I have gallstones and do not need to have surgery at this time. How to improve gallbladder health.

Healthy diet: If stones are incidental discovery not giving any symptoms , could be observed , small stones may enter biliary ducts may cause complications, stay in good healthy diet , fresh vegetables, non fried low fat diet , do not eat junk food , along with plenty of exercise , hope you will never get a gall bladder attack . Thank you dr godwin for your nice comment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get gastric bypass surgery at 16?

Can you tell me if i could get gastric bypass surgery at 16?

16yo gastric bypass: Can you? Yes. Should you? That will take a lot of discussion to determine. You should only be evaluated for gastric bypass surgery at place that has an adolescent weight loss surgery program. Very few places around the country have that. The work up process for a 16yo is much different than an adult. Make sure you go to a surgeon that has done thousands of gastric bypasses. Experience counts. ...Read more

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What age do you have to be to get plastic surgery?

What age do you have to be to get plastic surgery?

18 Years Old: Most often, plastic surgery is an elective procedure, so you really should be at least 18 years old (a consenting adult) to legally give your consent. Minors can undergo plastic surgery with appropriate parent/guardian consent when it it warranted (as in reconstructive plastic surgery). ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait after gastric bypass surgery to get reconstructive surgery?

Massive Weight Loss: From gastric bypass surgery will result in a remarkable change in your body. There will be excesses of skin everywhere as well as loss of breast volume. Much of this can be improved through plastic surgery but most plastic surgeons would like for you to recover at least a year from your surgery and to reach a plateau in your weight where you diet and exercise are maintaining you weight easily. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a BMI of 39.3, will i be considered for gastric bypass surgery?

What to do if I have a BMI of 39.3, will i be considered for gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass: You need a bmi of 40 or higher if you have no comorbidities (medical problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, etc). If you do have comorbidities, your bmi must be 35 or higher. These are the requirements for all insurance companies. In any case, at a bmi of 39.3, you are within a few pounds of a bmi of 40. ...Read more

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What age do you have to be to get your stomach stapled?

What age do you have to be to get your stomach stapled?

Bariatric surgery is: ...available in those under age 18. Here a specialty-society guideline link to help: https://asmbs.org/resources/pediatric-best-practice-guidelines ...Read more

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What to do if I have to get both, due to health issues, and I really don't want to suffer two recoveries. is it possible these surgeries can be done together?

What to do if I have to get both, due to health issues, and I really don't want to suffer two recoveries. is it possible these surgeries can be done together?

For what?: What type of surgery do you need? Can they both be done by the same surgeon? Would one interfere with the other? You really have to pose your question to your Surgeon. He/she will know what's best for you. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many stones do you have to be in order to get a gastric band?

Can you let me know how many stones do you have to be in order to get a gastric band?

Depends : The minimum criteria to be eligible for lap-band surgery is body mass index >30 with at least one co-morbidity (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc..). Bmi =mass(kg)/{height(m)}^2. 1 stone = 14 lbs. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Bypass surgery is done to aid in weight loss and recovery from obesity by drastically diminishing the size and absorptive capacity of the stomach. Bypass surgery is often successful, but requires extensive follow-up with ...Read more


Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more