Who May Be a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Anyone ages 18 and older who has tried to lose weight through a structured program that includes strict dietary management, physical exercise, lifestyle changes, and/or medication, you may be a candidate for weight-loss, or bariatric, surgery.

Candidates for surgery are generally:

  • Severely obese (BMI of 40 or more; 100 pounds or more overweight)
  • Obese (BMI of 35-39.9) and suffering from obesity-related disease (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, heart or lung disease)
  • Experiencing personal, work-related or relationship problems due to obesity
  • 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 they are emotionally healthy enough to understand the ramifications of their decision