Weight loss surgery is a serious undertaking, and should be considered a last-resort effort for an individual who must lose weight to alleviate debilitating chronic disease.
The decision to consider weight loss surgery for morbid obesity is both complex and intensely personal.
Many factors must be considered in determining who may be a candidate for surgery. Following the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines for weight loss surgery, candidate selection criteria include:
An appropriate candidate must also:
Weight loss surgery may not be appropriate for candidates with:
The decision as to whether a patient would benefit from bariatric surgery is made on an individual basis after a consultation between the patient and a bariatric surgeon. General considerations for weight loss surgery are as follows:
Presence of one or more medical comorbidities