Am I a Candidate?
You are a candidate for bariatric surgery if you meet these indications:
BMI of 40 (approximately 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 efforts at weight loss have been made. Preferably, these attempts have been in nutritionally-safe and medically or peer-supervised programs.
You have no uncorrected metabolic disease that may cause obesity. You have no other serious medical condition(s) that would make surgery too hazardous.
You have no unstable or untreated psychological illnesses and/or unrealistic expectations of surgery and weight loss.
You have not abused addictive drugs or alcohol—preferably for 12 months—or have completed a treatment program. You are not a tobacco smoker or are willing to stop smoking prior to your surgery. (We are expert at helping people quit!!)
You possess sufficient motivation to make the LIFELONG changes in eating habits and exercise required for success post-bariatric surgery.
You are willing to make a formal commitment to the bariatric surgical procedure of your choosing and to yourself.
(**The FDA has approved band surgery for patients with a BMI of 30 or above but not all insurances have adopted this recommendation. If your insurance has not, we do have a moderate band study available for those with a BMI of 30-34 that is done on a self pay basis)
Please remember that this is just a general guideline. It is best to ask your physician or us for a specific evaluation of your condition. To learn more, check on how to get started or contact us for other details.
Are You Overweight?
The medical community uses a term called Body Mass Index or “BMI” to determine how overweight a person is. Typical BMI may be from 25 to 30. Individuals with a BMI over 35 may qualify for bariatric surgery. (A BMI of 30 to 34 may qualify you for our “Moderate BMI, Band Study.”) To determine your BMI please utilize the calculator below.