Bariatric Surgery FAQs

What is the youngest age for which weight-loss surgery is recommended?
Although generally accepted guidelines from the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the National Institutes of Health indicate surgery for those 18 years of age and older.
The concern is that younger patients have not reached full developmental or emotional maturity that is necessary to make this type of decision. It’s important that young weight-loss surgery patients have clear understanding of the lifelong commitment to the altered dietary and lifestyle changes necessary for success.
What is the oldest age for which weight-loss surgery is recommended?
This is reviewed on a case by case basis. Those on the higher end of the age spectrum require very strong indications for surgery and must also meet stringent Medicare criteria. Typically the risk of surgery in this age group is increased and the benefits, in terms of reduced risk of mortality, are reduced.
Can weight-loss surgery prolong my life?
Weight-loss surgery may significantly prolong your life if you are:
  • Suffering from Type 2 diabetes (or other serious obesity-related health conditions)
  • At least 100 pounds over your ideal body weight
  • Able to comply with recommended lifestyle changes (daily exercise and low-fat diet)
Can weight-loss surgery help other physical conditions?
According to current research, weight-loss surgery can improve or resolve associated health conditions, including:
Condition Percentage found in preoperative individuals Percentage cured two years after surgery
Diabetes or insulin resistance 34 percent 85 percent
High blood pressure 26 percent 66 percent
High triglycerides 40 percent 85 percent
Sleep apnea 22 percent in males, one percent in females 40 percent