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
  • Dyslipidemia - 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