Weight Loss Surgery

Am I a good candidate for weight loss surgery?

To qualify for weight loss surgery, you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or a BMI of at least 35 with one or more obesity-related medical conditions.

Calculate your BMI using our calculator. Patients must also meet specific criteria, based on guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health, before they will be considered for an evaluation by our team. Other factors that suggest surgery may be a good option include:

Patients must also meet specific criteria, based on guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health, before they will be considered for an evaluation by our team. Other factors that suggest surgery may be a good option include:

  • Be a minimum of 100 pounds overweight
  • Serious medical conditions related to weight, such as diabetes, sleep apnea or heart disease. (If these are present, surgery may be considered if the BMI is between 35 and 40)
  • Age between 18 – 65 (with some exceptions)
  • A long history of obesity, with many failed formal, structured and /or documented attempts at weight loss
  • No current issues with drug or alcohol abuse
  • No serious psychiatric illness, such as problems that would impair someone’s ability to follow a lifetime program of health management and follow-up.

Our team takes the time to evaluate each patient individually to determine if the weight loss surgery is right for them. Ideal candidates for surgery should demonstrate a prior history of failed weight loss efforts through diet, exercise, lifestyle changes or medication. Through counseling and our educational programs, candidates will receive a full understanding of the possible risks, benefits and side effects of the procedure.

 

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