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Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Determining if you meet the guidelines for weight loss (bariatric) surgery is one of the first steps in your decision-making process. Our surgeons use the guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) when considering treatment options for patients.

NIH Guidelines for Recommending Bariatric Surgery

Candidates for weight loss surgery should:

  • Be 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight OR have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • Have a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more comorbidities (associated illnesses or conditions such as diabetes)

Patients should also:

  • Understand the risks and rewards of weight loss surgery
  • Have a history of failed, non-surgical efforts at weight loss
  • Commit to dietary, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle changes

If you meet these guidelines, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. You and your surgeon will work together to make the final decision.

Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?

The following questions will help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you.

  1. Are you 100 pounds or more overweight?
  2. Is your body mass index (BMI) 40 or greater?
  3. Do you have a weight-related health problem such as diabetes or high blood pressure?
  4. Have you tried to lose weight through conventional methods (exercise, diet programs, calorie counting, group sessions, one-on-one counseling), but been unsuccessful?

Next Steps

The qualification process includes a series of common medical tests. Also, you will meet with your surgeon, a nutritionist, a psychologist, an exercise therapist, and other support staff members prior to surgery.

If you are interested in taking the next step in our Weight Loss Program, contact us at (937) 208-4YOU (4968).