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."
Read Joe's Story
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
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.