Am I large enough to warrant a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Hi, I know that at 5.2 and 220 pounds I'm very overweight but how large do you need to be before a responsible doctor will agree to giving you a sleeve gastrectomy? I've always been big, ever since childhood, and none of the countless diet or exercise plans I've followed have ever made much difference, never more than 10 pounds at best. I'm going to be 52 next fall and am so tired of being so overweight. I am very depressed about it and know a sleeve gastrectomy would change my entire life. I just need to convince a doctor of it.


F, 54, Tennessee

You should see a bariatric surgeon for a full consultation to go over the best weight loss options for you. Good Luc

Thank you for your question. The surgery is used as a starting point for people who were morbidly obese that they were not candidates for gastric bypass surgeries. I would recommend having a consultation for a more thorough evaluation. Best of luck! 

Dhaval M. Patel 

Double Board Certified 

Plastic Surgeon

Hoffman Estates