Who Are Eligible for Bariatric Surgery?

According to international guidelines, people who are most eligible for bariatric surgery are those who are in the group called Morbid Obesity group. Accordingly, people who are candidates for bariatric surgery are those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, and those with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater who have also comorbidities such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea or other respiratory problems, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), osteoarthritis, lipid anomalies, and heart diseases. Patients who will undergo bariatric surgery must be people who have tried to lose weight with other methods such as dieting and exercise but have failed.

In fact, the second important question should be “Who are Capable of Performing Bariatric Surgery?”. Because of the surgical difficulties, the unique characteristics of the patient group, and unique characteristics of complications, bariatric surgery should definitely be performed in sufficient medical centers by surgeons specialized in this field, experienced in endoscopic procedures, who have a command of advanced laparoscopic surgery techniques and can provide the required support to the patient with multidisciplinary approach.


Yazar: Op Dr Murat Üstün

Dr. Murat Üstün is the Lead Bariatric Surgeon at IBC - Istanbul Bariatric Center. Dr Murat Üstün has made a commitment to every patient's well-being and safety, a goal that is also pursued by our staff and medical professionals that are at your service, this is part of the excellence equation. Dr Murat Üstün and the Istanbul Bariatric Center team perform medical procedures, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. While performed differently, all of these procedures help patients lose weight by limiting how much food the stomach can hold as well as the patient’s absorption of nutrients. Surgeries are performed at a JCI accredited Hospital. The Joint Commission International works to improve safety at health care facilities domestically and globally. Accreditation ensures facilities are up to date, physicians are board-certified, plans for follow-up care are in place, risks of traveling after surgery are outlined, and more.

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