Determining if bariatric surgery is right for you depends on several factors, including:
Body Mass Index (BMI)
It is important to note that your BMI score is a starting point for you and your doctor. In some cases, this number may not be completely reliable and additional tests may need to be performed. However, in general, a patient with a BMI of 30 or higher and who is 60 to 100 pounds overweight is a good candidate for weight-loss surgery.
A weight-loss treatment plan that incorporates surgery requires significant commitment from the patient. Weight-loss surgery is not a quick-fix to your weight problems. Rather, it is the first step in a lifelong weight-loss journey. This journey includes a great deal of work from the patient through diet modification and exercise.
- You are at least 18 years or older
- You have been unable to lose weight through traditional means of weight loss, such as diet and exercise
- Your surgeon, primary care physician, psychiatrist, medical specialists and the bariatric team agree surgery is the best option for you
- You are ready to commit to making this journey successful and living a healthy lifestyle
- You are well-informed of the benefits, risks and complications that are associated with bariatric surgery