There are risk factors for having weight loss surgery and these risk factors can increase your complication rate. However, when it comes to weight loss surgery, it's often the sickest patient that stands to benefit the most. So take a patient, for instance, that has type 2 diabetes and they have high blood pressure and high cholesterol and heart disease. You might typically think, "well, gee, that's the type of person that I really don't want to operate on." However, that type of patient is really the one who needs it the most. We recognize that they have those risk factors, but if the patient is healthy enough and they undergo a rigorous series of tests to make sure that they are healthy enough, then we will go ahead and perform the operation. The great thing is that many of these medical problems will either improve or completely resolve after the patient does have weight loss surgery.
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