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Weight loss surgery can be a useful tool for many who have struggled with losing weight, but it's not always the proper course of treatment for everyone. To qualify as a candidate for a weight loss procedure, patients typically must meet the following criteria:

  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40+ or a BMI of 35+ with one or more obesity-related conditions.
  • You have a BMI of 30+ with type 2 diabetes not well controlled with medications.
  • Traditional weight loss methods, such as diet and exercise, have had little or no effect in helping you lose weight or keep weight off.
  • You don't have conditions that could lead to serious complications in surgery.
  • You are committed to making healthy lifestyle choices.
  • You understand the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.
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