Gastric Bypass

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CHAPTER 9 Gastric Bypass


Obesity: The specific indications for bariatric surgery continue to evolve. The National Institutes of Health issued a consensus statement in 1991 that established guidelines for identifying patients for whom the benefits of surgery outweigh the associated risks (Box 9-1). Importantly, patients weighing more than 600 pounds exceed the maximum weight capacity of many operating tables and may require staged therapy (including dietary modification) before a definitive surgery.

BOX 9-1

National Institutes of Health Eligibility Criteria for Weight Loss Surgery

Data from Buchwald H: Consensus Conference Panel: Consensus conference statement: Bariatric surgery for morbid obesity: Health implications for patients, health professionals, and third-party payers. Surg Obes Relat Dis 1:371–381, 2005.


A thorough preoperative assessment aimed at identifying modifiable risk factors is mandatory before bariatric surgery.