Is bariatric surgery right for you?


Bariatric Surgery

Weight-loss surgery can result in medical and emotional benefits

A better quality of life for your future includes improved health. For some, no amount of changes to one’s diet, nutrition, or exercise can significantly reduce severe obesity. Besides drastic weight loss, more than 90% of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery patients experience improvement in their quality of life. Bariatric surgery also reduces long-term mortality from obesity-related diseases by 30-40%.1 These health issues include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, sleep apnoea, asthma, osteoarthritis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) — all ailments that weaken you or prevent you from living your life to the fullest.

If you are morbidly obese, weight-loss surgery can contribute to your weight loss by restricting food intake and interrupting digestive processes. Learn more about the variety of surgical possibilities, along with the benefits. A better, stronger you equals a healthier future.

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Are You a Candidate?

Weight loss through bariatric surgery may be an option for you. Standard eligibility criteria include:

Patients who have a body mass index (BMI) > 40 kg/m2. This generally equates to 100 lbs. or more overweight for men or 80 lbs. or more overweight for women.

Patients who have a body mass index (BMI) between 35 and 40 kg/m2 with serious conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

Patients who have failed other medically managed weight loss programs.

These are simply guidelines. It is important to discuss the significance of the weight-loss operation with both your family and doctor.

As you consider weight loss through bariatric surgery, understand how the surgery will impact your body, your lifestyle, your diabetic condition and what you need to do to help maximise your opportunity and truly take control of your life. An ideal candidate for weight-loss surgery will be well-informed about the procedure and have a supportive family and social environment. Being psychologically stable and understanding realistic expectations of the surgery are extremely important. Having an acceptable operative risk is important, as well as not having any active alcohol or substance abuse issues. Ultimately, successful results always depend on motivation and behaviour.

Obesity Education



Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Cleveland Clinic. Available from:


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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.