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Surgery Qualifications

Weight loss surgery is not for everyone. Our program follows very specific guidelines to determine which candidates are best suited for bariatric surgery. Following these guidelines helps us to provide the safest, highest quality care with successful results. Dr. Ryland Scott, Harbin Clinic surgeon and medical director of Floyd Center for Bariatric Services, and Dr. Peter Adams, Harbin Clinic surgeon, will take into account the following information:

  • Existing health conditions
  • Age
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) - General BMI requirements are:  greater than 35 with comorbidities or greater than 40 with or without comorbidities.*
  • Ability to handle significant lifestyle changes
  • Smoking history (surgery patients must be a non-smoker for at least six weeks)
  • Non-surgical attempts at weight loss (patients must have attempted other forms of weight loss prior to considering surgery)
  • Willingness to commit to a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Patient’s mental preparedness for surgery
  • Properly educated on the benefits, risks and lifestyle changes associated with bariatric surgery

*Although not yet covered by insurance providers, the LAP BAND® is FDA approved for use in patients with a BMI greater than 30 with at least one obesity related medical condition