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Bariatric Surgery in Canada
This represents an almost four-fold increase over a six-year period, due largely to increased capacity for bariatric surgery in Ontario. The most commonly performed procedures have changed over time, and they continue to vary across Canada.
- Age 45
- 80% women
Who Qualifies for Bariatric Surgery?
- Efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unsuccessful.
- Body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (severe obesity).
- BMI is 35 to 39.9 (obesity), and there is a serious weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea.
1 in 5 Canadian adults has obesity
Obesity increases the risk of many other chronic health conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
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Prince Edward Island covers sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass out of province.
- Adjustable Gastric Banding
- A procedure in which an adjustable band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, thus reducing the overall size of the stomach.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- A procedure in which about 80% to 85% of the stomach is removed, thus creating a “sleeve” of the stomach, extending from the esophagus to the duodenum.
- Gastric Bypass
- A procedure where the size of the stomach is reduced and part of the small intestine is bypassed.