When should patients with obesity be considered for bariatric surgery?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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At a minimum, patients should be considered candidates for these procedures only if they have a BMI of greater than 40 kg/m2 and/or a weight greater than 45 kg above the age- and sex-defined ideal weight. For subjects with BMIs of 35-40 kg/m2, at least 1 major comorbidity must be present to justify these procedures. [111, 112] The presence of comorbidities is not a contraindication to bariatric surgical procedures; however, the patient's condition must be stabilized and adequately treated before surgery.


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