Eligibility Criteria for Bariatric Surgery

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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 apnea
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history of early coronary heart disease

BMI greater than or equal to 35:

  • Obesity-induced physical problems interfering with lifestyle.
  • Body size problem precluding or severely interfering with social life, employment, family function, and ambulation).
  • Age between 16 -65 years (with some exceptions).
  • Have failed multiple attempts with supervised dietary, behavioural and medical therapy.
  • Understand and accept the operative risks.
  • Have realistic expectations and are motivated.

Exclusion Criteria:

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