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 about have50 or more pounds of excess weight or a  a BMI >30 f. Most have also tried other methods of weight loss, including diets and exercise, without achieving long-term success.



BMI stands for body mass index and is a measure of a person’s weight in relation to height. It is considered anindicator of excess body fat and thus is used as a screening tool for an individual who is interested in weight loss or bariatric surgery.

The way BMI is calculated is by taking your weight in pounds divided by your height in inches squared, and then multiplying that number by 703.

The formulafor BMI is (weight (lbs) / height (in)2) x 703 OR (weight (kg) / height (m)2)

The resulting number is a person’s BMI. This number puts him or her into a specific category of weight, whether that’s underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese.

BMI can be helpful in determining who is eligible for weight loss surgery.

BMI for weight loss surgery – Generally speaking, the lowest possible BMI to qualify for weight loss surgery is in the 30 with documented obesity-related health conditions. Most insurance companies cover weight loss surgery in patients with BMIs, in the 35 to 39.9 range, provided they also have related health issues such as obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease or joint replacement surgery. Those with a BMI 40 or greater may qualify for bariatric surgery just based on this criteria alone, without associated weight related condition.

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


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, which can include having a certain BMI, to get weight loss surgery. Click HERE to learn more about insurance and bariatric surgery.

If you choose to selfpay your surgery please CONTACT US for pricing information.

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