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How overweight do you have to be to have gastric bypass surgery?
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Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
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In brief: 80-100 lbs overwt
If you are 80-100 pounds overweight, you would be a potential candidate for gastric bypass.
If you have conditions like diabetes, hypertension, gastric reflux, joint disease, bladder incontinence, sleep apnea, heart disease, or vascular disease, you are a particularly good candidate. You can search for bmi charts online. Surgery is ok with bmi over 35 with conditions. Over 40 without.

In brief: 80-100 lbs overwt
If you are 80-100 pounds overweight, you would be a potential candidate for gastric bypass.
If you have conditions like diabetes, hypertension, gastric reflux, joint disease, bladder incontinence, sleep apnea, heart disease, or vascular disease, you are a particularly good candidate. You can search for bmi charts online. Surgery is ok with bmi over 35 with conditions. Over 40 without.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Dr. Zeenat Hasan
Bariatrics
In brief: It's changing but
in general the guidelines are a BMI > 35 with other related medical problems to obesity, or anyone with a BMI > 40 regardless.
Different insurance companies may have other requirements. To know if it would benefit you or your health, see a knowledgable surgeon who can discuss the risks and benefits for you specifically.

In brief: It's changing but
in general the guidelines are a BMI > 35 with other related medical problems to obesity, or anyone with a BMI > 40 regardless.
Different insurance companies may have other requirements. To know if it would benefit you or your health, see a knowledgable surgeon who can discuss the risks and benefits for you specifically.
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