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When is weight loss surgery appropriate for an obese person?

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In brief: Depends

If a patient has failed conventional methods of losing weight and their bmi is now greater than 35 with an underlying history of medical conditions such as diabetes and htn, they are potentially a good candidate.
Certainly lower bmis can be considered, however insurance requires a minimum bmi of 35.

In brief: Depends

If a patient has failed conventional methods of losing weight and their bmi is now greater than 35 with an underlying history of medical conditions such as diabetes and htn, they are potentially a good candidate.
Certainly lower bmis can be considered, however insurance requires a minimum bmi of 35.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
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Dr. Robert Stuart
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Last resort

Weight loss surgery can be wonderful and life-changing.
It is appropriate only after a really good effort at standard measures under supervision has failed, as long as the patient does not have too many risk factors to undergo the surgery in relative safety. Competent surgeons will require documentation of the good try at conventional wt. Loss strategies before doing surgery.

In brief: Last resort

Weight loss surgery can be wonderful and life-changing.
It is appropriate only after a really good effort at standard measures under supervision has failed, as long as the patient does not have too many risk factors to undergo the surgery in relative safety. Competent surgeons will require documentation of the good try at conventional wt. Loss strategies before doing surgery.
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Dr. Nadu Tuakli
Try HCG before you consider surgery!
Dr. Marc Neff
Surgery
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In brief: Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery is appropriate for obese patients with a body mass index over 40, or a bmi over 35 with medical complications directly related to their obesity (such as htn, dm, sleep apnea, heart disease, .
..). In today's world, the patient also needs to demonstrate a failure of all non operative attempts at weight loss with a full diet history. The success today is upwards of 90%.

In brief: Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery is appropriate for obese patients with a body mass index over 40, or a bmi over 35 with medical complications directly related to their obesity (such as htn, dm, sleep apnea, heart disease, .
..). In today's world, the patient also needs to demonstrate a failure of all non operative attempts at weight loss with a full diet history. The success today is upwards of 90%.
Dr. Marc Neff
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
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In brief: Obese bmi 30-35

Bariatric surgery is appropriate for obese (bmi 30-35) based on 2011 decision by nih.
Usually best for diabetics and patients with other severe comorbidities.

In brief: Obese bmi 30-35

Bariatric surgery is appropriate for obese (bmi 30-35) based on 2011 decision by nih.
Usually best for diabetics and patients with other severe comorbidities.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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