Are You A Good Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
Bariatric surgery has been deemed a safe and effective method for achieving long-lasting weight loss—but it’s not right for everyone. The decision to have bariatric surgery is a major decision and should be made only after understanding the results and consequences of this life-changing surgery.
Those who should consider weight loss surgery typically have 60 to 100 pounds of excess weight. Good candidates have also tried other methods of weight loss, including diets and exercise, without achieving long-term success.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a standard tool used to qualify for weight loss surgery:
Qualifications for Weight Loss Surgery
|40 or greater||Qualifies for weight loss surgery.|
|35 - 39.9||Qualifies for weight loss surgery with documentation of obesity-related health conditions (co-morbidities) like obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes or hypertension.|
|30 - 34.9||Qualifies for weight loss surgery with documentation of obesity-related health conditions (see above). Typically surgery for these patients will not be covered by insurance and will require self-pay.|
|29.9 or lower||Not typically a good candidate for weight loss surgery. We offer weight management and nutritional counseling for those who have excess weight to lose but may not require a surgical solution.|
Calculate your BMI
|18.5 - 24.9||Normal||Minimal|
|25 - 29.9||Overweight||Increased|
|30 - 34.9||Obese||High|
|35 - 39.9||Severely obese||Very high|
|> 40||Morbidly obese||Extremely high|
If you are chooisng to finance surgery through your insurance company, they will likely have additional criteria for you to meet in order to approve your surgery.Click here to learn more about insurance and bariatric surgery.
Obesity-Related Health Conditions
Those who have struggled with their weight know that it can affect every aspect of your quality of life. According to the National Institure of Health (NIH), health risks of obesity include:
- Coronary heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- High Cholesterol
- Metabolic syndrome
- Sleep apnea
- Reproductive problems