Am I A Candidate?
Deciding to have bariatric surgery is a commitment to better health. For many patients, bariatric surgery is also a life-saving procedure. Not everyone, however, is a candidate for Weight Loss Surgery. You are a candidate for bariatric surgery if you:
- Are an adult (age 18 or more)
- Are a physically and mentally mature adolescent with an adequate support structure (Male age > 16, Female age > 14)
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or more with an obesity-related (comorbid) condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.
- Please note: recent approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made it possible for LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery to be performed in patients with a BMI of at least 30 plus one or more obesity-related comorbidity conditions.
- Have been overweight for more than 5 years
- Have multiple failed attempts at non-surgical weight loss
- Are ready to make a lifelong commitment to change your lifestyle, diet, and exercise habits
- Understand and are committed to following the nutritional diet required after bariatric surgery to avoid malnutrition
- Exhibit emotional stability
- Are physically able to undergo abdominal surgery
Each patient is different. If you feel you are a candidate and are interested in Weight Loss Surgery, please contact our New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery office today to discuss your weight and health goals.
What Does Your BMI Mean?
BMI < 20
BMI > 50
super morbid obesity