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Bariatric Surgery

Who Is It For?

Who can have bariatric surgery?

There are guidelines that your doctor, surgeon and other healthcare providers use to help decide if bariatric surgery is the right treatment for you.

Bariatric surgery may be a good option for you if you:

  • are over 18 years old
  • have a body mass index (BMI) ​ higher than 40 kg/m² or have a BMI higher than 35kg/m² and 1 or more weight-related health problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea​, diabetes, or joint problems
  • have tried different ways to manage your weight but your weight is still high
  • understand the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery
  • are ready and able to make and keep lifestyle changes that are important for improving your health after the surgery
  • Deciding if surgery is right for you is more than just meeting the guidelines. Each person has different treatment needs. Your healthcare team can help you develop a plan that is best for you.

    If you are interested in learning more about bariatric surgery, talk to your healthcare team.

    When is bariatric surgery not the right treatment?

    Bariatric surgery may not be the right treatment for everyone with obesity. It may not be a good option for you if:

    • you are too young or too old
    • your body mass index (BMI) is not high enough
    • you have certain health conditions
    • your risk of surgery is too high
    • you aren’t able to follow or understand directions and the lifestyle changes that you need to make and keep
    • you smoke cigarettes, other tobacco or tobacco-like products, or cannabis
    • you can’t keep your appointments
    • you are pregnant, planning on getting pregnant, or breastfeeding​

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