What are the indications for bariatric surgery?

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


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).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bariatrics*
  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Obesity / surgery*
  • Patient Selection*