surgery criteria

CRITERIA FOR THE SELECTION OF OBESE PATIENTS FOR SURGICAL TREATMENT

Patients without any clinical or psychological contra-indications

Patients at a BMI above 40

Patients at a BMI above 35 with co-morbid diseases where conventional treatment has failed

Patients at a BMI >30 with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus

Well known medical aids pay for bariatric surgery for diabetics at a BMI 30 provided that they do not fall under any of the below exclusion criteria:

1. Known type 1 diabetes

2. Type 2 diabetes for longer than 10 years; on more than 200 units of long acting insulin

3. Documented past pancreatitis

4. Alcoholism

5. Recreational drug abuse

6. End stage disease of any nature with a poor prognosis

Please note that these are medical aid criteria. A private paying patient of BMI 30 could also be considered.