Eligibility Criteria For Bariatric Surgery

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Eligibility Criteria For Bariatric Surgery

The following two types of patients are eligible for bariatric surgery :

The patients with BMI greater than or equal to 32.5 kg / m2 with one or more significant obesity-related conditions including :

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • High cholesterol
  • A family history of early coronary heart disease

The patients with BMI greater than or equal to 35 with one or more significant obesity-related conditions including :

  • Obesity-induced physical problems interfering with lifestyle

  • Body size problems precluding or severely interfering with social life, employment, family function and ambulation

  • Age between 16 and 65 years (with some exceptions)

  • Having multiple failed attempts at supervised dietary, behavioural and medical therapy

  • Understanding and accepting the operative risks

  • Having realistic expectations and motivated

Exclusion criteria :

  • Drug and / or alcohol addiction
  • Generally, age under 16 years or over 65 years (age is not a strict criterion)
  • History of serious heart disease or severe lung problems. This can put one at increased risk during anaesthesia
  • Chronic pancreatitis (or a history of this)
  • Certain types of cirrhosis of the liver
  • Autoimmune disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Blood disorder which increases the risk of heavy bleeding
  • History of severe psychiatric illness
  • Receiving cancer treatment (e.g. chemotherapy)
  • Suffering from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel diseases)
  • Pregnancy