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    Who are good candidates for weight loss surgery?

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    Dr Steven Leibman

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Dr Leibman is a general, upper gastrointestinal and bariatric (weight loss) surgeon. Dr Leibman's surgical interests include surgery for gallstone disease, hernias, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, … View Profile

    Good candidates for weight loss surgery are those with a BMI above 35 who have tried to achieve weight loss by non-surgical means and have either had limited success or short-term success only. Patients who already have established comorbidities (such as type 2 diabetes) are excellent candidates as weight loss surgery is primarily designed to achieve health improvements rather than just weight loss measured in kilograms. The best candidates for weight loss surgery are those who have given it careful thought and are committed to a combination of lifestyle changes including food choice and exercise in combination with the effects of surgery.

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