Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery?

You may qualify for bariatric surgery if you:

  1. Have a BMI that is equal to or greater than 35. (For example, an adult who is 5'7" tall and weighs 225 lbs would have a BMI over 35.) Calculate your BMI.
  2. Have a BMI that is equal to or greater than 30 and at least one obesity-related co-morbidity, such as: type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders or heart disease. Calculate your BMI.
  3. Have been unable to maintain a healthy weight loss for a sustained period of time using other reliable methods.

Guidelines provided by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Each insurance policy and company has different criteria. We will work with your insurer to understand your criteria.

Potential Benefits of Bariatric Surgery:

  • Improved psychological health and self-image
  • Reduction of some co-morbidities and health care expenses
  • Weight loss

Potential Risks of Bariatric Surgery:

  • Incisional hernia
  • Wound healing problems
  • Staple line leak
  • Blood clots
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Pneumonia
  • Gastric outlet obstruction
  • Vitamin and nutrition deficiencies
  • Death in less than one percent of patients

Additional Resources:

Visit the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for more information on bariatric surgery.

Note: Weight loss results vary depending on the individual. No guarantee of weight loss is provided or implied.

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