Candidates for Surgery

An obese person will be a candidate for surgery if:

  • Has a BMI >40.
  • Has a BMI >35 and also suffers from significant medical problems (Diabetes Mellitus, hypertension, arthritis, sleep apnoea etc.).
  • Is motivated.
  • Poses an acceptable surgical risk.
  • Understands and accepts that the surgery is only the beginning of a life-long
BMI Table

Surgery will be considered after the patient has unsuccessfully undergone medical diets; has been under the care of a dietician and a psychologist and feels that further attempts at diets will be unsuccessful i.e. a candidate for surgery must have first tried and failed less invasive treatment options.

Obesity Unit South Africa