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Eating Disorders Expert
Thanks for your question. If you still weight 110kg, you almost fall into the morbidly obese weight category, which is the weight minimum required to qualify for bariatric surgery. However, with a Body Mass Index between 35 and 40 (99 kilograms and 112 kilograms for your height), you would still qualify because of your hypertention, a medical complication associated with your weight condition. If you are looking to qualify for surgery through a Centre of Excellence (which I strongly recommend), then you will also need to qualify on a number of other domains, including your depression being stabilized. It's fine that you are on an antidepressant, provided your mood is relatively stable and your psychological health is good. If you become a candidate for surgery, your pre-surgical work-up will likely require you to address your mood state associated with your weight condition and life circumstances. Being a quad will not disqualify you. I duggest you go to the Chrysalis Clinic website and ask for Sr. Gill Gibson, the programme coordinator. The website is chrysalisclinic.co.za. If you are not living in Cape Town, Chrysalis Clinic can always recommend you to another reputable centre closer to you. If you cannot get hold of Gill for some reason, email me (email@example.com)and I will give you her direct landline and cell number. Good luck.
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