Deciding to undergo bariatric surgery is a major decision. This weight loss surgery requires a commitment from the patient, the family and the health care team as the patient heals and makes the necessary diet and lifestyle changes before and after surgery.
Good candidates meet specific criteria including being morbidly obese
, well informed on the bariatric surgery process, motivated to make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes and physically approved for surgery. They also need to be willing to take part in pre-operative tests and follow-up appointments—both immediate and long-term—and remain committed throughout the bariatric surgery process
Bariatric surgery candidate requirements
- Body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or are more than 100 pounds overweight (Check your BMI)
- BMI is greater than 35 and have at least one obesity-related health problem, such as heart problems, sleep apnea, diabetes, etc. (Check your BMI)
- Failed to lose weight using other non-surgical means, such as supervised weight loss programs
- Willing to take responsibility for making lifestyle changes that will promote successful weight-loss after surgery
- Non-smoker, or are willing to quit smoking and remain a non-smoker
- Agree with and follow program requirements, instructions, appointments and assignments. Learn more about the bariatric surgery process.
Bariatric surgery can greatly improve your quality of life; however, major lifestyle changes need to happen in order for you to see all the benefits. Making the decision for bariatric surgery requires that you fully understand the process and are willing to make lifestyle changes. If you think bariatric surgery is something you would like to learn more about, you can schedule an appointment with a bariatric surgeon
, attend one of our free bariatric surgery seminars
or attend a bariatric surgery support group
to learn more.