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What makes a good candidate for weight-loss surgery?
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Weight & attitude
Ideally, candidates for weight loss surgery should be 75-100 pounds overweight ((bmi >40) and should have tried other nutritional an medical options.
This prior nutritional experience is very valuable in terms of postop success. If other medical conditions exist (diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, high cholesterol, joint and back disease) then surgery seems to rise to awareness at a bmi of 35.

In brief: Weight & attitude
Ideally, candidates for weight loss surgery should be 75-100 pounds overweight ((bmi >40) and should have tried other nutritional an medical options.
This prior nutritional experience is very valuable in terms of postop success. If other medical conditions exist (diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, high cholesterol, joint and back disease) then surgery seems to rise to awareness at a bmi of 35.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Dr. Marc Neff
Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Weight loss surgery
Good candidates are patients who: 1) have a bmi in the appropriate range to qualify for surgery, 2) have demonstratable failure at supervised diet and exercise plans, 3) have had no prior stomach surgeries, and 4) understand that surgery is a tool to help them achieve long standing weight loss, rather than a magic wand - it is the hardest, but also the, most successful way to loose weight.

In brief: Weight loss surgery
Good candidates are patients who: 1) have a bmi in the appropriate range to qualify for surgery, 2) have demonstratable failure at supervised diet and exercise plans, 3) have had no prior stomach surgeries, and 4) understand that surgery is a tool to help them achieve long standing weight loss, rather than a magic wand - it is the hardest, but also the, most successful way to loose weight.
Dr. Marc Neff
Dr. Marc Neff
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In brief: Good weight loss
Besides criteria bmi - best are people willing to change lifestyle and what they eat and willing to learn to cook.

In brief: Good weight loss
Besides criteria bmi - best are people willing to change lifestyle and what they eat and willing to learn to cook.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson
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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine
In brief: Multiple Reasons
Ever patient is different.
First of all you should be a certain weight and factor in any other medical problems such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, etc. Also the ideal candidate is someone who can stick to a specific diet and exercise regimen before and after surgery.

In brief: Multiple Reasons
Ever patient is different.
First of all you should be a certain weight and factor in any other medical problems such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, etc. Also the ideal candidate is someone who can stick to a specific diet and exercise regimen before and after surgery.
Dr. Michael Traub
Dr. Michael Traub
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