Bariatric surgery is not a weight loss program for mildly overweight individuals. It is designed to treat clinically severe obese individuals who are 100 pounds or more overweight, and their health is at risk. A person’s body mass index or BMI is currently the best way to determine the degree of obesity as it takes into consideration both a person’s height and weight and applies to men and women.
If you don’t know what your BMI is, please take a minute to calculate your BMI through our BMI calculator. If your BMI is 40 or greater or if your BMI is more than 35 or higher with one or more of the following, you could physically be a candidate for bariatric surgery:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary artery disease
- High levels of fats in the blood (hyperlipidemia)
- Breathing difficulties during sleep (apnea and hypoventilation)
Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right for You?
Although you may qualify physically, bariatric surgery is only for well-informed motivated individuals who:
- Understand and accept operative risks.
- Modify dietary habits.
- Commit to long-term follow-up care.
Learn more about the bariatric surgery process: