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When am I eligible for surgery?

Obesity surgery is strictly regulated in Belgium. It will only be refunded if the following conditions are met: 

  • Minimum age is 18 years  
  • You have been seriously overweight for at least 5 years 
  • You have a BMI of >40 
    OR > 35 with: 
    • diabetes, 
    • sever high blood pressure (140/90 mmHg despite 3 high blood pressure medicines), 
    • obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS),  
    • or after a previous weight loss surgery 
  • You are well motivated to change your behavior. 
  • You have been on a documented diet. Attempts to lose weight must have been made in the past under professional supervision (i.e. you have been under professional supervision for at least 6 months in the past 5 years) 
  • Approval by a multidisciplinary team (surgeon, psychologist, endocrinologist, dietician, …) 
Updated on July 6, 2021

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