Comorbidities that Factor into Bariatric Surgery Eligibility

Comorbidities are medical conditions that exist in addition to obesity and are often a result of being overweight. Comorbidities are a factor in determining a patient's eligibility for bariatric surgery.

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus - metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to produce enough, or to properly use, insulin

  • Obstructive sleep apnea - when a child stops breathing during periods of sleep

  • Pseudotumor cerebri - increased pressure in the brain which causes chronic headaches and eye problems

  • Hypertension - higher than normal pressure inside the arteries

  • Dyslipidemias - abnormal concentrations of lipids in the blood

  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis - fatty inflammation of the liver that is not caused by alcohol damage

  • Venous stasis disease - faulty veins that allow blood to collect in the lower legs

  • Significant impairment in activities of daily living 

  • Intertriginous soft tissue infections - infections in excess folds of skin that are caused by obesity

  • Stress urinary incontinence - involuntary leakage of urine caused by increased abdominal pressure from excessive body fat

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease - a digestive disorder that is caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus

  • Weight-related arthropathies (joint diseases) which impair physical activity

  • Obesity-related psychosocial stress