Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgery is indicated for people who have significant weight to lose, known as obesity. But it’s not just about weight – recently, bariatric surgery has been found to significantly improve quality of life through resolution or improvement of comorbidities related to excess weight.

Do you suffer from diabetes? Sleep apnea? Joint pain? Endocrine problems? Fatigue?

Often bariatric surgery can help improve your life, and these comorbidities can be indicative of the need for weight loss surgery.

The below guidelines provide general, “technical” qualifications used by insurance companies. Use the below indications to determine if you may be a good candidate for bariatric surgery.

  • BMI of 40 (approximately 80-100 lbs. over ideal body weight) or BMI of 35 and associated co-morbidities (medical problems associated with and/or caused by obesity).
  • Significant previous attempts at weight loss have been made, preferably in nutritionally safe, and medically or peer-supervised programs.
  • No uncorrected metabolic disease that may cause obesity.
  • No other serious medical condition(s) that would make surgery too hazardous.
  • No unstable or untreated psychological illnesses and/or unrealistic expectations of surgery and weight loss.
  • No abuse of addictive drugs or alcohol — preferably for at least 12 months.
  • Sufficient motivation to make the lifelong changes in eating habits and exercise required for post-bariatric surgery success.
  • Willingness to make a formal commitment to the weight loss goal and to the bariatric surgical procedure.

Find out what your BMI is with our BMI Calculator!

BMI Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.





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