Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) includes a variety of procedures performed on people who are obese. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with an implanted medical device (gastric banding) or through removal of a portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) or by resecting and rerouting the small intestines to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery).
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Before you can undergo weight loss surgery, your surgeon must determine whether or not you are a good candidate. Candidates for weight loss surgery are usually people between the ages of 18 and 75 who qualify based on the criteria below.
Each person’s candidacy is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Depending on your physical health and other factors, you may qualify for surgery even if some of these criteria are not met. You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you: