Bariatric surgery is now simpler, safer, and more effective than in its early days in the 1990s1
1. Jane E Brody. "The Underused Weight Loss Option: Bariatric Surgery." New York Times, Sep. 29, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/28/well/live/the-underused-weight-loss-option-bariatric-surgery.html (accessed Jul 24, 2021).
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According to the ASMBS, patients generally need to have a BMI of 40+ or 35+ with certain obesity-related conditions to qualify for bariatric surgery. Other patients may qualify (Learn More).