It is a misconception that bariatric surgery can help you lose weight because you have a few extra unappealing pounds, not every person is a candidate for this kind of surgery.
The U.S. National Institute of Health recommends bariatric surgery for obese people with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40, and for people with a BMI of 35, and serious coexisting medical conditions such as diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Surgery carries certain risks that may be serious or life threatening. Higher risks are associated with history of stroke, diabetes, heart problems, smoking, and peripheral vascular insufficiency. With these facts in mind, sometimes the need for surgery outweighs a high risk of complications. Patients should be aware that bariatric surgery is not magic; therefore, undergoing such surgery requires unwavering serious lifetime post surgery commitment to a special diet and exercise regimen. Deviations from post operative follow ups can have serious life threatening results.