Bariatric surgery is not a shortcut to weight loss, nor should it be considered for women who are under 80 pounds overweight or men who are under 100 pounds overweight. Bariatric surgery is major gastro-intestinal surgery reserved for individuals with severe or morbid obesity.
An individual with a BMI of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 35 with an obesity related health problem, such as diabetes or heart disease, falls within the patient criteria for bariatric surgery. If non-surgical methods of weight loss have not been effective, surgery may be the next step.
While bariatric surgery has a very good success rate, there are also risks, complications, and lifestyle changes that must be considered. If you fit the guidelines for bariatric surgery, you will then need to consider all aspects of the procedure and decide if weight loss surgery is appropriate for you.