Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?


Patient’s BMI (Body Mass Index):

  • BMI is a fundamental factor in eligibility.
  • Typically, a BMI of 40 or higher qualifies for surgery.
  • A BMI between 35-39.9 with obesity-related health issues may also be considered.



BMI Calculator (lbs & inches)

BMI Calculator (lbs & inches)

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Weight Loss Attempts:

  • Candidates should demonstrate a history of unsuccessful attempts at non-surgical weight loss methods, like diet and exercise.

Obesity-Related Health Conditions:

  • Presence of obesity-related health conditions (comorbidities) like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or heart disease may influence eligibility.

Commitment to Lifestyle Changes:

  • Candidates must be willing to make substantial lifestyle changes.
  • These changes often include dietary modifications and increased physical activity.

Understanding Risks and Benefits:

  • Patients should have a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.
  • Informed consent is essential.

Psychological Evaluation:

  • Candidates may undergo psychological evaluation to assess their readiness and ability to cope with the emotional challenges of weight loss and surgery.

Age and Health Status:

  • Age and overall health status play a role in eligibility.
  • Younger patients may need to demonstrate greater need, while older patients should be evaluated for surgical risk.

Support System:

  • Having a strong support system, including family and friends, can be crucial to successful outcomes.

Medical History:

  • Past surgical history, medical conditions, and medications should be considered.
  • Certain conditions or medications may affect eligibility or the choice of surgical procedure.

Consultation with Bariatric Team:

  • A comprehensive evaluation by a bariatric surgical team is essential.
  • Surgeons, dietitians, psychologists, and other specialists collaborate to assess candidacy.

Long-Term Commitment:

  • Candidates must be committed to long-term follow-up care and support after surgery.

Insurance Coverage:

  • Insurance policies often have specific eligibility criteria and coverage requirements.
  • It’s important to check whether weight loss surgery is covered and what conditions must be met.

Remember, eligibility criteria can vary between different surgical procedures (e.g., gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy) and healthcare providers. Ultimately, the decision should be made in consultation with a qualified healthcare professional, such as a bariatric surgeon, who can assess the patient’s unique circumstances and provide personalized guidance.