Indications & Benefits

Indications and benefits

Indications for bariatric surgery

You need to mee teither one of the following three conditions in order to have an indication for bariatric surgery: 

  • Body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or an excess weight of 45 kg (100 lbs) without the need of co-morbid conditions.
or
  • BMI between 35 and 39.9 or an excess weight of 27-45 kg (60-100 lbs) with the existence of at least one of the following of co-morbid conditions:
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
    • Sleep apnea
    • Coronary artery disease
    • GERD
    • Degenerative joint disease (arthritis)
    • Infertility
    • Urinary stress incontinence
    • Lower extremity edema
or
  • BMI between 30 and 34.9 or an excess weight of 13.5-27 kg (30-60 lbs) with the existence of at least one of the following of co-morbid conditions:
    • Severe diabetes mellitus (> 5 year duration and on at least two medications)
    • Severe hypertension (high blood pressure) (> 5 year duration and on at least two medications)
    • History of myocardial infarction at an age of 50 or less
    • Severe sleep apnea
    • Severe hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) requiring at least two medications and family history of coronary artery disease at an age less than 50
    • Severe arthriti srequiring join treplacement

 

Benefits of bariatric surgery

The treatment of obesity is not only necessary for a better quality of life but also because it is associated with other serious medical conditions:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol (hyperlpidemia)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Sleep apnea (snoring and daytime somnolence)
  • GERD (Heartburn)
  • Arthritis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Infertility
  • Asthma
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Headaches

 

Substantial weight loss after bariatric surgery will improve or resolve all these conditions.

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