general, a qualified body mass index (BMI) probably is all you need to skip
other qualification requirements for gastric sleeve surgery. But sometimes
other factors are also taken into account, especially if you want to have third-party
coverage (such as insurance) to pay. One of these factors is age. So, what is
the age limit for this bariatric surgery?
surgery removes part of the stomach, creating a narrow stomach about the size
of a banana. With smaller stomach, you’re likely to eat less and feel full more
quickly. This will induce a dramatic weight loss after surgery.
surgery is often successful to help people with obesity and health problems
associated with their weight. Although it’s relatively new in bariatric
procedure, it has been acquiring in popularity relative to more established
bariatric surgeries (e.g. lap-band and bypass). It has been accepted as a
reliable option for morbid obesity.
the right candidates, it is one of effective ways to loss extra weight and keep
it off. The next question, what are
requirements to qualify for sleeve surgery?! As mentioned earlier, your BMI is
the key for the qualification.
In general, the surgery is indicated for people with BMI of 40 or more. But it’s also possible for obese people with BMI of 30-39.9 if they have obesity-related medical problems (e.g. hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease).
sleeve surgery is efficient and covered by insurance, not all overweight people
are qualified for the operation. Furthermore, it’s not going without risks. So
a number of factors are taken into account for approval.
BMI, the following factors are usually required if you need insurance to pay .
- You have been obese for 3 years
- Have a personal history of
unsuccessfully weight loss attempts. So surgery is actually the last option.
- To be aware that the surgery is
just a tool. Still, a healthy-balanced diet, regular exercise, and other
healthy lifestyles are required to keep your weight off in long term. So you
need to be willing to have such lifestyle changes after surgery, because this
surgery is not a ‘fix and forget’ solution.
- And age. Sleeve surgery is not
recommended for people of all ages
should also be ready enough for surgery, sometimes psychological consultation
is necessary. The surgery could involve a series of extreme lifestyle changes,
making your stressful or causing unexpected reactions.
has a role to determine whether or not you’re qualified for the operation. The
good news, it is not the key criteria for approval.
example, weight loss surgery is sometimes suggested for teens at least 14 years
old with 100 pounds (or more) of excess weight to lose  — plus, other
factors mentioned earlier are required. The following additional factors are
- The overall health status,
whether the patient is strong and healthy enough to handle the operation.
- Having health conditions that
could improve with sleeve surgery, such as diabetes, heart problems, and sleep
- Whether the patient has good
environment (family members) to provide practical and emotional support.
same goes for the upper age limit — it’s also possible to take the operation
above the age of 65. But what to remember, the operation is riskier for anyone
older! So again, it’s important to comprehensively analyze whether the
operation will carry benefits that outweigh risks, and the patient is healthy
enough to handle the physical stress of the operation. Also, there is no health
issue that can make the operation very risky.
the decision should not be only based on age alone. Even in a few cases, older adult
patients might have better results than younger adult patients, according to
one study .
Instead, (for summary) here probably are the most common reasons of why people
are not qualified for gastric sleeve:
- BMI is not qualified (not high
- There is no enough evidence to
confirm their unsuccessfully weight loss (diet) attempts.
- If they have certain conditions
that cause surgery side effects /complications more likely, making surgery too
risky for them.
that make sleeve surgery become too much of a risk can vary. Here are a few
examples that may disqualify you:
- Being pregnant, or if you plan a pregnancy in the near future.
- Your general health. Typically, major surgeries are not recommended when your general health is poor.
- Current infection. There is a chance for infection to occur after surgery, and this could be much worse if you have current infection before and during surgery.
- Substance abuse such as alcohol.
- Having a severe lung disease, cirrhosis, or other very high operative risks.
- Mental health issues, such as; a personal history of suicide attempts, having psychiatric disorder (especially if it’s left untreated or uncontrolled), and not willing to follow healthy lifestyles.
- Certain medications you’re taking (e.g. if you’re on chronic, long-term treatment with steroid).
- If the gastrointestinal tract is not healthy enough to support the operation (e.g. if you have severe esophagitis, peptic ulcers, Crohn’s disease, or Barrett’s esophagus).
- Chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas). It may make malnutrition more likely after surgery.
- Portal hypertension might also induce postoperative complications.