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Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Many factors will determine whether bariatric surgery, or bariatric surgery, is right for you. If bariatric surgery is a good option, the most important factor is your commitment to making serious lifestyle changes that will enable you to remain at a healthy weight following surgery. Lifelong nutritional modification, exercise and long-term follow up are important to your success.

Weight Qualifications

People who are considered morbidly obese are generally those who are than 55 pounds over their ideal body weight, or who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 with medical conditions associated with obesity or over 40 without associated medical conditions. The BMI is calculated using a formula that includes your height and weight. To calculate your BMI, use the ASMBS BMI calculator here.

Other Factors

In addition to weight, other factors may make you a candidate for bariatric surgery. Our bariatric team evaluates each patient individually for surgery. Also, each insurance company has their own set of guidelines they use to determine coverage for surgery.

Bariatric surgery may be right for you if:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You are 55 pounds or more above ideal body weight, and/or have a BMI of 30 or greater with comorbidities (health problems), or have a BMI of 40 or greater without co-morbidities. ASMBS BMI Body Calculator
  • You have physical problems and/or diseases related to obesity, including but not limited to uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled cholesterol, heart problems, sleep apnea, chronic back pain or degenerative arthritis.
  • You have been overweight for more than five years
  • Your serious attempts to lose weight have had only short-term success
  • You do not have any other disease that may have caused you to be overweight
  • You are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle
  • You are prepared to continue working with the bariatric team on an ongoing basis for lifetime follow-up care

Bariatric surgery may not be right for you if:

  • You have medical conditions that make the surgery too risky
  • You currently have a problem with drug, alcohol or tobacco abuse
  • You have an uncontrolled psychiatric condition
  • You are not prepared to make dietary changes and incorporate physical activity into your life
  • You are not committed to lifelong follow-up
  • You are pregnant or are planning pregnancy in the next year

Benefits & Risks of Bariatric Surgery