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Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery

Candidate for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric and Metabolic surgeries were considered as gastrointestinal surgeries aimed at improving and/ortreating clinically severe obesity and associated co-morbidities.Hence these were considered to belife saving and not cosmeticsurgeries.

Currently accepted bariatric procedures fall in the category ofrestrictive,malabsorptive or a combination of the two.

You could be a candidate for surgical weight loss if you meet any of the following criteria:

  1. BMI >35 with/without presence any obesity-related co-morbidities.
  2. BMI>30 with the presence of DM/any significant obesity related co-morbidities.
  3. BMI>27.5 as a second line therapy for failure of optimum medical management or established secondary complications of T2DM.
  4. Patients needs to be motivated to lose weight and commitment to long term follow up.
  5. Patient should have attempted conservative methods of weight loss and failed.
  6. Bariatric Surgery to be considered only between ages of 18-65 yrs.
  7. Bariatric surgery may be considered in patients more than 65 yrs in the presence of severe obesity related co-morbidities/disability if the risk benefit ratio favours improved quality of life for the patient’s remaining years.
  8. Bariatric Surgery may be considered in patients < 18 yrs in special situations after paediatrician/endocrinology certification , but after attainment of puberty or completion of skeletal maturity.

You may not be a candidate for surgical weight loss if:

  1. Patient who is unable to participate in prolonged medical follow-up.
  2. Non-stabilized psychotic disorders, severe depression, personality and eating disorders, unless specifically advised by a psychiatrist experienced in obesity.
  3. Alcohol abuse and/or drug dependencies.
  4. Diseases threatening life in the short term.
  5. Pregnancy (If you are pregnant then surgery should be avoided)


  1. Pregnancy has to be planned atleast 12-18 months after the bariatric surgery. Artificial reproductive therapy(ART) can be initiated 12 months after bariatric surgery.

Dr.Christopher S K

Consultant Advanced Minimally Invasive, Bariatric, GI, Laser & Robotic Surgeon
  • 7708803335
  • Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Tuticorin, Tenkasi

Dr.Christopher S.K

Consultant Advanced Minimally Invasive Bariatric, GI & Laser Surgeon

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