Are You a Good Candidate?

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

Bariatric surgery has been deemed a safe and effective method for achieving long-lasting weight loss. Whether or not 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 considering weight loss surgery typically have 50 or more pounds of excess weight. Most have also tried other methods of weight loss, including diets and exercise, without achieving long-term success.


Does Your Body Mass Index (BMI) Qualify You for Surgery?

BMIQualifications for Weight Loss Surgery
40 or greaterQualifies for weight loss surgery.
35 – 39.9Qualifies for weight loss surgery with documentation of obesity-related health conditions (comorbidities) like obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes,hypertension, heart disease, and those needing joint replacement surgery.
30 – 34.9

Qualifies for weight loss surgery with documentation of obesity-related health conditions. Surgery for these patients is typically not covered by insurance, requiring self-pay.

29.9 or lower

Not typically a candidate for weight loss surgery. Would benefit from weight management throughnutritional counseling and lifestyle changes.

Calculate Your BMI

BMIClassificationHealth Risk
< 18.5Underweight  Minimal
18.5 – 24.9NormalMinimal
25 – 29.9Overweight    Increased
30 – 34.9Obese


35 – 39.9  Severely obese

Very high

> 40    Morbidly obeseExtremely high

Obesity-Related Health Conditions

If you have struggled with your weight, then you know that it can affect every aspect of your quality of life. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the health risks attributable to obesity include:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Reproductive problems
  • Gallstones
  • Depression

Insurance Criteria

If you choose to have your surgery covered by your insurance company, it is likely that they will have additional criteria for you to fulfill in order to approve your surgery. Click here to learn more about insurance and bariatric surgery.

If you choose to self pay your surgery please contact us for pricing information.

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