Do I Qualify For Bariatric Surgery?

“It’s funny to run into people I haven’t seen for a while, and they don’t recognize me! And it’s pretty amazing that I no longer require treatment for diabetes, high cholesterol, or sleep apnea.” – Valerie

Qualification for Bariatric Surgery

If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥ 40, or are more than 100 pounds overweight, you could be a candidate for bariatric surgery. If you have a BMI ≥35 but<40 and at least two obesity-related co-morbidities — such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, severe osteoarthritis, cholesterol and lipid abnormalities, or heart disease – you may also qualify for weight loss surgery.

Other Standards for Qualification Include:

  • An inability to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time with prior systematic, supervised weight loss efforts documented with monthly visit within past 2 years
  • A stable psychological and emotional profile
  • An understanding that bariatric surgery is a tool and willingness to make difficult lifestyle changes and adhere to dietary restrictions and guidelines
  • Acceptable physical performance status to undergo the surgical procedure

How Do I Calculate My BMI (Body Mass Index)?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a medical indicator based upon the height and weight of adults, 20 years and older.  To compute your BMI, enter your height and weight then click the “Find your BMI” button.

BMI Classification Health Risk
Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5 – 24.9 Normal Weight Minimal
25 – 29.9 Overweight Increased
30 – 34.9 Obese High
35 – 39.9 Severely Obese Very High
40 and Over Morbidly Obese Extremely High
*Note that these are approximate values, and are intended to be used only as a rough guide.

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