Who Qualifies for Weight Loss Surgery?



How do I know if I qualify for weight-loss surgery?

While each surgery candidate is considered individually, the following are general guidelines for qualification:

  • Have a body mass index ( BMI ) of 40 or greater, for at least five years; or a BMI of 35 to 39, with significant medical complications related to obesity (such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, gastroesophageal reflux/heartburn).
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 65.
  • Provide verified documentation of attempted weight reduction through weight loss program participation, including medically supervised programs.
  • Demonstrate a low probability of success with conventional, non-surgical treatment methods.
  • Have acceptable risk for surgery, as determined by preoperative medical, surgical and psychological evaluations.
  • Demonstrate motivation to participate in and comply with all phases of treatment and long-term follow-up.

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I have panic disorder and anxiety. I am seeing a counselor and am taking medication. Does this affect whether or not I can have the surgery performed?

All patients in our program undergo an independent psychological evaluation by our psychologists/psychiatrists where these issues are discussed and a recommendation made regarding surgery. Ultimately, the decision regarding eligibility for surgery is made by your surgeon.

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If I have a heart condition, pacemaker and take heart medications, am I still a candidate for weight loss surgery? Are there greater risks for undergoing this type of surgery?

Your personal medical history is evaluated and discussed individually with you at your surgical consultation.

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What if I have Crohn’s disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome; can I still have the surgery?

Specific disease states are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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