Qualifying for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery should only be considered after you have explored noninvasive methods and fully understand the risks and benefits of the procedure.

You will need to have a consultation with a trustworthy bariatric surgeon to decide if this procedure is right for you. For your convenience, we have created a quick guide in some factors that could qualify you for bariatric surgery.

Some qualifying factors for bariatric surgery include:

  • Being 100 pounds over ideal body weight
  • Having a BMI (body mass index) over 40
  • Having a BMI of 35 or higher when you already have an obesity-related health condition
  • You have documented weight loss attempts that have failed in the past
  • You have received a psychological evaluation regarding your problems with weight gain

If you do qualify for bariatric surgery, you will need to talk with your health care professional about the lifestyle changes you will need to make after the operation and whether or not you are prepared to make them. Failing to adhere to post-bariatric surgery lifestyle changes is dangerous and can have a lifelong impact on your health.

Be sure to read some answers to frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery when deciding whether or not this treatment is right for you.

Qualifying for Bariatric Surgery