Can a Morbidly Obese Person Be Too Old to Undergo Bariatric Surgery As a Means to Lose Weight?

Are there any online support groups that have been created to help make a formerly morbidly obese person's transition into a healthier lifestyle easier?

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Age and Bariatric Surgery

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Thank you for the question. Congratulations on your decision to transition into a healthier lifestyle.

Age is only one of the factors that are considered before determining if the patient is a candidate for bariatric (or any other type of)  surgery. Evaluation by an internist will be essential to determine  the patient's  overall medical condition and suitability for the procedure.

Many bariatric centers work with specific internists who have extensive experience working with morbidly obese patients.

Best wishes.

Morbid obesity and bariatric surgery

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Certainly, aging and morbid obesity cause increased risks with major surgery.  Make sure that you are thoroughly evaluated by your internist and only go to a center of excellence where bariatric surgery is done all the time.  It may be that you will still be cleared for surgery, maybe not.  Remember that regardless of your age, proper diet and exercise will eliminate the need for bariatric surgery.  Just watch The Biggest Loser to see that it can be done naturally!

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