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Suitability for surgery

Weight Loss Surgery and You

Weight loss surgery becomes an option when obesity reaches morbid obesity where the risks of serious weight related illnesses increase dramatically. For example, very obese men aged 25-35 are twelve times more likely to die prematurely than those with normal weight. The complications of morbid obesity include diabetes and high blood pressure which in turn can lead to heart attacks, congestive heart failure and stroke.

Who Is Suitable for Surgery

To help us decide on suitability for surgery we follow the guidelines suggested by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) central to which is the body mass index (BMI). You can work out your BMI by dividing your weight (in kg) by your height (in metres) then dividing the result again by your height (in metres).

To be considered for bariatric surgery:

  • Your BMI should be over 40, or over 35 if you already have a weight related medical condition.
  • You should already have seriously tried to lose weight several times with medical help but have failed to maintain weight loss;
  • You should be fit enough to have surgery and no psychological or medical reasons to make it inadvisable;
  • You should understand the need for long-term follow-up and commit to changes in lifestyle.

General Weight Surgery Guidelines

As well as reducing well known comorbidities including diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, surgery can help to ease a host of other related health problems such as sleep apnoea, asthma, lower-back pain, urinary stress incontinence, degeneration of knees and hips, depression, menstrual irregularity and infertility. You will also gain confidence within yourself and your appearance.

Weight Surgery Benefits

The overall medical and emotional benefits of Bariatric surgery can begin almost immediately. Over time these improvements may be seen in:

  • Type II diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Arthritis
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Mobility
  • Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Cholesterol
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome/Fertility
  • Weight loss
  • Self esteem
  • Quality of Life

Weight Surgery Risks

  • Internal infection from leakage of digestive juices into the abdominal cavity
  • Hernias
  • Gallstones or gallbladder disease due to rapid weight loss
  • Wound infections
  • DVT's or pulmonary embolism
  • Vitamin deficiencies - this may be preventable if taking supplements as instructed


The Sefton Suite
Aintree University Hospital
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551