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Q: what is the age limit for the gastric bypass

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4/13/11 11:31pm

You must meet certain medical guidelines to qualify for gastric bypass surgery. In general, you must:

  • Be unable to achieve or maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher (extreme obesity)
  • Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 and also have a serious weight-related health problem, such as diabetes or high blood pressure

A team of health professionals - usually including a doctor, dietitian, psychologist and surgeon - will evaluate whether gastric bypass surgery is appropriate for you. Although there's no specific age limit for gastric bypass surgery, the risks increase if you're over age 65. The surgery remains controversial in people under age 18.

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By sam, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/13/11, First Published: 03/26/11