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What is the minimum and maximum age limit for weight loss surgery?
the age limit for bariatric surgery is usually 18 – 65 years. Though surgery has been performed on patients in their teens, it is considered that patients below 18 years of age are not mature enough to make this type of decision. It is important that young weight loss surgery patients have a full understanding of the lifelong commitment to the altered eating and lifestyle changes necessary for success.

Conversely patients over 65 require very strong indications for surgery and must also meet the stringent Medicare criteria. The risk of surgery in this age group is increased, and the benefits, in terms of reduced risk of mortality, are reduced.

Can Weight Loss Surgery prolong my life?
There is good evidence from scientific research that if you have Type 2 diabetes (or other serious obesity-related health conditions), are at least 100 lbs. over ideal body weight, and are able to comply with lifestyle changes (daily exercise and low-fat diet), then weight loss surgery may significantly prolong your life. A female smoker with a BMI of greater than 40 could lengthen her life expectancy by more than 15 years if she loses weight and quits smoking.