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J Fam Pract. 2005 Jul;54(7):633-4.

What are the indications for bariatric surgery?

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Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency, Bremerton, WA USA.


No studies evaluate the commonly used indications for bariatric surgery. Consensus guidelines suggest that the surgical treatment of obesity should be reserved for patients with a body-mass index (BMI) >40 kg/m(2) or with BMI >35 kg/m(2) and 1 or more significant comorbid conditions, when less invasive methods of weight loss have failed and the patient is at high risk for obesity-associated morbidity and mortality (strength of recommendation: C, based on consensus guidelines).

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