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Why was I referred for bariatric surgery?

Your primary care doctor has referred you for bariatric surgery to improve your overall health and increase your lifespan. Bariatric surgery is the only effective long-term therapy for obesity and its related medical conditions when your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 35 metric units (kg/m2). The specific medical criteria necessary to qualify for surgery, ensure that your bariatric operation is being performed to decrease the effect of obesity related medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, acid reflux and cancer, in addition to many other conditions. You may have also been referred because of having specific medical conditions that are more difficult to treat in obese patients, such as atrial fibrillation, diabetes, ventral hernias and osteoarthritis requiring joint replacement.

 

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