Am I A Candidate for Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is the best tool that medicine has to offer individuals who are severely overweight, but it is not for everyone. There are several requirements one has to meet to be a candidate for weight loss surgery:
What is your BMI?
- BMI of 40 or higher – People with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher are candidates for weight loss surgery. The BMI is a calculated measurement based on an individual’s height and weight.
- BMI of 35 or higher with medical co-morbidities – Individuals who have medical conditions related to their obesity may qualify for surgery if their body mass index is only 35. Some of these medical conditions, called co-morbidities, include type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and coronary heart disease.
- Failed conservative weight loss attempts – Weight loss surgery is a big step, and it should be considered only after traditional methods of weight loss have been tried.
Dina: BMI 40 to BMI 23 after Gastric Bypass
There is not necessarily an upper age limit for weight loss surgery candidates. The risks and benefits of having an operation are considered on an individual basis. The youngest patients to be considered for surgery are in their teens. Studies have shown that adolescents have excellent results after weight loss surgery. Careful consultation with our surgeons, a pediatrician, and perhaps other specialists, as well as the involvement of parents, is a definite requirement.
Bariatric surgery helps a significant number of medical problems improve or be resolved all together, but there are some medical conditions that may make bariatric surgery not a good idea for you. Talk with our experienced surgeons about your other medical problems that may affect whether or not you can have bariatric surgery.
Sage Bariatric’s unique weight loss clinic offers a holistic and in-depth approach to weight loss. Thousands of patients’ lives have been improved by a combination of surgery, nutritional guidance, exercise programs, and psychological counseling. We help our patients not just lose the weight, but keep it off as well.