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Am I A Candidate For Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is more than cosmetic — it can help you successfully reach a healthier weight and give you the opportunity to live a longer, healthier life.  To be considered for weight loss surgery (such as gastric bypass surgery), you must meet certain criteria.  Candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be at least 75 pounds or more overweight (having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 – 39.9) and suffering from one or more obesity-related diseases (such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, heart or lung disease); or be at least 100 pounds or more overweight (having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • Have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through a structured medical weight-loss program that included diet, exercise and lifestyle changes
  • Be experiencing personal, work-related, or relationship problems due to obesity;
  • Be willing and able to commit to long-term medical follow-up, as well as rigorous, life-long changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle habits that will be necessary to meet and maintain your weight loss and health goals after surgery;
  • Be willing to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if you are emotionally healthy enough to understand the ramifications of their decision;

  • 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.

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      BMI For Adults. Flash Player 9 is required. A good way to assess your weight is to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).  Your BMI estimates how much you should weigh based on your height.  For example, a woman who weighs 270 pounds and is 68 inches tall has a BMI of 41.0.  Use the BMI Calculator below to determine your BMI to see what category you fall into and whether you need to be concerned about your weight.  It is easy!  Just input your height and weight then click the Calculate button.   



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