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Is there an age limit for weight loss surgery?
There are pediatric weight loss surgery centers that specialize in surgical weight loss for those under 18 years old. We do not offer weight loss surgery to patients under 18 years old. Patients as old as 74 have had successful weight loss surgery, but our policy is to take special consideration of patients older than 65 given there are several studies demonstrating an increased risk of complications in patients over 65 years old.

Can weight loss surgery prolong my life?
There is good evidence that weight loss surgery can significantly prolong life, especially for those who have a serious obesity-related health condition, are at least 100 pounds overweight and are able to comply with lifestyle changes following surgery. Large studies have demonstrated both up to 89 percent reduction in mortality and 12 years of prolonged life expectancy following weight loss surgery.

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Can weight loss surgery help other physical conditions?
At one year after successful bariatric surgery, 90 percent of obesity-related medical conditions are either completely resolved or significantly improved. Type 2 diabetes has been shown to resolve 80 to 90 percent of the time following roux-en-y gastric bypass. Gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn resolves 92 to 98 percent of the time. High blood pressure resolves over 60 percent of the time and sleep apnea resolves over 80 percent of the time. There are nearly 60 different medical conditions related to obesity, including cancer, that can improve or resolve after weight loss surgery.

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What do I need to do to get started?
There are two routes to take to begin your journey. Either contact your primary care physician and discuss your weight-related health concerns or register to attend one of our free information sessions — either online or in person. You will need to attend a session prior to making an appointment with Dr. Scott to discuss surgery.

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