Dr. T. Karl Byrne talks about the criteria doctors use and explains there are several issues that aren't being addressed at a national level.
Read the full transcript »
The old criteria are that the patient has a body mass index of 40 kilograms per meter square which are quite about a hundred pounds over an ideal body weight or has a body mass index of 35 kilograms from meter square that has a major weight related medical problem such as diabetes or high blood pressure and they are candidate for surgery. But recent data has come to life that diabetic who don’t need that cut off are helped tremendously. In fact, they cured. Type 2 diabetics are cured from their diabetes even with the lower BMI. So there are many other issues that need to be address on the national level regarding weight loss surgery that unfortunately are not being address currently regarding the criteria.
Copyright © 2005 - 2014 Healthline Networks, Inc. All rights reserved for Healthline.