Who is a good candidate for bariatric surgery?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Bariatric surgery isn’t right for everyone. It’s best reserved for those who are at least 100 pounds over ideal body weight or have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or if your BMI is greater than 35 and you have associated health problems related to your obesity, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or severe sleep apnea.

In addition to being morbidly obese, bariatric surgery candidates are expected to have tried other weight-loss treatments with little or no success, be psychologically stable, and be able to demonstrate the motivation to make a life-altering change.

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