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Weight Loss Surgery

Am I a Candidate?

Requirements For Surgery

  1. Age: You must be 18 years or older.
  2. BMI: Body Mass Index (BMI) must be between 40 and 60; or (BMI) must be 35 or greater with documented co-morbidity conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc. Calculate your BMI here.
  3. Failure to lose weight after participating in a weight loss program by your physician or another professional weight- loss instructor over a substantial period of time.
  4. Proven competence by a licensed counselor or psychologist to perform informed consent for surgery and ability to participate in follow-up care.
  5. Psychological evaluation: This is documented, proven competence by a licensed counselor or psychologist to perform informed consent for surgery and ability to participate in follow-up care.
Body Mass Index Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5-24.9 Normal
25.0-29.9 Overweight
30.0-34.9 Obese
Above 35 Morbid Obesity

A BMI calculated between 18 and 25 is considered to be a healthy weight. If BMI is between 25 and 30, this is considered to be a category known as overweight. A BMI above 30 implies obesity. Obesity is related to a range of significant health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, and others.

Bariatric surgery is for severely obese patients whose quality of life is detrimentally impacted by their obesity. The option of surgical treatment can be offered to well informed, motivated patients who meet these criteria.