Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

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Candidates for weight loss or bariatric surgery are generally:

  • 18+ years old
  • Severely obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • Obese (BMI of 35-39.9) and suffering from one or more obesity-related diseases (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, heart or lung disease)
  • Some patients may qualify for certain types of weight-loss surgery if their BMI is 30 to 34 and they have weight-related health problems
  • Experiencing personal, work-related, or relationship problems doe to obesity
  • Have been unsuccessful losing weight long term through diet and exercise
  • Able to commit to long-term medical follow-up, as well as the lifestyle, dietary, and exercise changes necessary to maintain health after surgery
  • Willing to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if you are emotionally healthy enough to understand the ramifications of your decision
Body Mass Index (BMI) also serves as a screening tool for physicians and other healthcare professional. Your BMI is calculated using a formula that takes into account your height and weight. For most people, BMI is considered a reliable indicator of body fat. Physicians can use BMI along with other assessments such as family and personal health history, diet evaluations, physical activity levels and other health screenings to assess your weight-related health issues.


 Below 18.5


 18.5 - 24.9


 25.0 - 29.9


 30.0 and Above  


 Over 40

Morbidly Obese 

Surgery may be associated with its own set of problems, such as infection, poor wound healing, and rarely, even death. Therefore, you and your surgeon should carefully discuss the risks of your current health condition compared to the risks and benefits of surgery.