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Eligibility for Bariatric Surgery

Life Changing Moment

"I'll never forget the moment I knew I really had to change my life. My little brother had just had arm surgery and the whole family was throwing him a ‘welcome home' party. He lived in a second floor apartment and it took me 15 minutes to go up 12 stairs. I could hear each stair pulling away from the side on the building as I climbed. It was then that I knew I had to do something to lose the weight."

 

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Guidelines for bariatric surgery are determined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH uses the following criteria:

  • 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight or a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • BMI of 35 or greater with one or more weight related health conditions 

Qualifying Factors 


Additional qualifying factors that can be used for patient evaluation:
  • History of documented dietary weight loss attempts
  • Lifelong commitment to diet, exercise, medical guidelines and follow-up care
  • Psychological evaluation reflecting your potential for change and lifelong adaptation to healthier living

Together, you and the surgical team can determine:

  • if bariatric surgery is, indeed, the best treatment for you.
  • exactly which procedure will suit your individual needs (such as gastric bypass, lap banding, sleeve gastrectomy or duodenal switch).
  • if you are prepared, emotionally and mentally, to make the lifestyle changes required for optimal long-term results.
  • if you have the support system you need to succeed.
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