The benefits of weight-loss surgery go far beyond what the eye can see. If you are obese, surgery to lose weight may be safer than carrying around those extra pounds. If you're dealing with diabetes as well, weight-loss surgery may send the disease into long-term remission.

Is losing weight worth the risks associated with surgery though? Your doctor can help you decide.

Are You a Candidate?

Weight-loss surgery is typically recommended for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater. If you have a serious health condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea or hypertension, you may want to look into bariatric surgery if your BMI is between 35 and 39.9.

Calculate your body mass index (BMI) here.

Other qualifying factors include:

  • Commitment to a lifestyle change
  • Little or no success with other weight loss programs
  • No alcohol or illegal drug abuse
  • Maintaining an environment of support