There are a number of widely accepted Selection Criteria which make a patient suitable for Bariatric or weight loss surgery:
- Weight greater than 45kg above the ideal body weight for sex, and height.
- BMI > 40 by itself or >35 if there is an associated obesity illness, such as diabetes or sleep apnoea.
- Reasonable attempts at other weight loss techniques Age 18-65.
- Obesity related health problems.
- No psychiatric or drug dependency problems.
- A capacity to understand the risks and commitment associated with the surgery.
- Pregnancy not anticipated in the first two years following surgery.
There is considerable flexibility in these guidelines. A lower BMI between 30-35 can be accepted if comorbidities exist. We also take into account the highest weight reached to qualify for surgery.