Is there a certain limit to how much you have to weigh for weight loss surgeries?

I'm in a debate with a friend and would like to know. Is there a certain limit to how much you have to weigh for weight loss surgeries? Thank you.

I am not quite sure if you are asking about procedures to help lose weight (bariatric surgery) or plastic surgery procedures designed for patients who have lost massive amounts of weight. I am happy to address the latter question. Most plastic surgeons prefer that the majority of weight loss occur prior to these procedures and that the patient's weight is stable for at least 3-6 months. I usually tell patients it is OK to continue to lose weight after the procedure, but this should be no greater than 10% of their body weight to avoid the need for revisional surgery after the original procedure.

Scott A. Greenberg MD, FACS
Scott A. Greenberg MD, FACS
1925 Mizell AveWinter ParkFL32792US

Scott A. Greenberg MD, FACS

1925 Mizell Avenue, Suite 303, Winter Park,
FL, 32792, US

This is very common question in extreme/massive weight loss (MWL) patients. Most surgeons agree in MWL patients that a their weight loss should have stabilized with a constant weight range within 5 to 10 lbs for at least 6 to 12 months before surgery. Many practioners will also check your nutritional parameters before surgery to make sure it will be safe for you to have surgery. Hope this is of assistance.

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Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS
Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS
18 Miller RdSumterSC29150US

Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS

Iris Surgery Center, 18 Miller Road, Sumter,
SC, 29150, US

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