Health Tip: Who's a Candidate for Gastric Bypass Surgery?
People for whom the surgery may be recommended
(HealthDay News) -- Gastric bypass surgery, sometimes recommended for obese people, involves re-routing the path that food takes, including shrinking the size of the stomach. But the procedure has a number of risks, including the possibility of post-surgical infection, blood clots or developing gallstones.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says the following people may be candidates for gastric bypass surgery:
- People who are obese and are unable to lose enough weight by dieting and exercising.
- People who are committed to a diet and exercise regimen.
- People who are not mentally ill.
- People who do not have drug or alcohol dependency problems.
- People who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher; generally at least 100 pounds overweight.
- People who have a BMI of 35 or greater, in addition to a serious health problem that could get better with weight loss -- for instance, heart disease or type 2 diabetes.