Weight loss surgery is not appropriate for everyone. Bariatric Surgery is designed as a tool for major weight loss in order to help people suffering from obesity and related conditions like type 2-diabetes or high blood pressure. Not for people who simply wish to lose a small amount of weight or to sculpt a certain area of the body, opting for bariatric surgery is a huge decision for anyone to take.

Bariatric Surgery is a major operation that could change a person’s life. While weight loss surgery can help reduce the risk of weight-related health problems, it should only be considered if a healthy diet and exercise regime has been tried, but unfortunately been unsuccessful.


There are certain criteria for those wishing to undergo a form of bariatric surgery, including a weight limit to enable the patient to be eligible for bariatric surgery. Those who have a BMI of 40 are considered morbidly obese; however people that have a BMI below 40 can still be suffering from obesity if they have a serious weight related health condition. In some cases you may qualify for certain types of weight-loss surgery if your BMI is 30 to 34 and you have a serious health condition which has stemmed from weight difficulties.

Those with a high BMI are likely to be asked to lose some weight prior to the surgery itself in order to reduce the size of the liver. This is for safety purposes only. You may be asked to follow a strict high protein, low calorie, carb and fat diet beforehand in order to reduce the glycogen stored within the body. This causes the liver to shrink in size, which in turn makes it easier for surgeons to see what they are doing throughout the surgery. The liver has to be lifted for surgeons to access the stomach, so a heavy or fatty liver makes this difficult to do so.

Those who meet this general weight guideline still may need to meet certain other medical guidelines to be eligible for Bariatric Surgery. It isn’t just determined on BMI alone, in fact many factors are taken into consideration to ensure optimum safety of each individual first and foremost. Each person is likely to have an extensive screening process to evaluate before you are able to go ahead with surgery. Nutrition and weight history will be reviewed along with your medical condition, psychological status, age and motivation.

If you feel like bariatric surgery is right for you, make the first step towards your new life by getting in touch with us today. You can contact us here, or give us a call on 01823 215714.

Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.