Serious heart disease that prohibits the safe use of anaesthesia can disqualify you from getting gastric bypass surgery. Other conditions that increase the risk of using anesthesia, such as a stomach infection, liver disease, cancer, or other serious illness, may also make you ineligible for this type of bariatric surgery. Qualifying for gastric bypass isn't always easy. Factors such as age, BMI, commitment to a healthy lifestyle, comorbidities and health insurance all play a role in determining if you are eligible for this life-changing surgical treatment.
The best candidates for gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery have a BMI lower than 40 without any comorbidities. However, even if you meet these criteria, you may still be denied if your doctor believes the risks of the procedure outweigh the potential benefits. If you are considering gastric bypass surgery, it is important to discuss your medical history with your doctor. They will be able to assess your eligibility and determine if the procedure is right for you.
It is also important to remember that bariatric surgery is not a quick fix and requires a long-term commitment to healthy eating and exercise habits in order to achieve the best results.