Obesity Surgery Eligibility

There are a number of widely accepted criteria which make a patient suitable for this operation:

  • Weight greater than 45kg above the ideal body weight for sex, and height.
  • BMI greater than 35 by itself or greater than 30 if there is an associated obesity illness, such as diabetes, hypertension, or sleep apnoea. Click here to calculate your BMI
  • Reasonable attempts at other weight loss techniques
  • Age 18-65
  • No intellectual disability or drug dependency problems
  • A capacity to understand the risks and commitment associated with the surgery
  • Pregnancy not anticipated in the first two years following surgery

There is considerable flexibility in these guidelines. Patients as young as 15 have been offered surgery. Sometimes a lower BMI between 30-35 is accepted if co-morbidities exist such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and polycystic ovary syndrome or if you have been heavier, lost weight and now feel you are regaining the weight.

Obesity Surgery | Capricorn Bariatric & General Surgery

How do I access obesity surgery?

The first step is to determine if you are a candidate, and to meet with Dr Andrew Russell. Our obesity sugury require a referral from your doctor (such as your GP) to access health insurance or medicare. You can ask your doctor for a referral to Dr Andrew Russell. You may also be eligible to access your super to fund your weight loss surgery.

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