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Health Care Professionals

Patients who are 100 pounds or more overweight, or 75 pounds overweight with obesity-related comorbidities could benefit from surgical intervention to help them lose much of their excess weight and maintain that weight loss for the rest of their lives.

Our research-driven guidelines help us to determine which candidates are best suited for bariatric surgery. Following these guidelines helps us to provide the safest, most effective, highest quality experience for our patients.

Candidates for bariatric surgery must meet the following criteria:

  • A BMI equal to or greater than 40 with or without comorbid conditions, or
  • A BMI greater than 35 with comorbid conditions
  • Demonstrate mental preparedness for surgery
  • Willingness to commit to a healthy, active lifestyle and long-term follow-up care
  • Prior non-surgical attempts at weight loss (patients must have attempted other forms of weight loss prior to considering surgery)
  • Supportive family/social environment
  • Non-smoker for at least six weeks before surgery and continue for a lifetime
  • 18 years old or older
  • Able to handle significant lifestyle changes
  • Attend an information session to learn the benefits, risks and lifestyle changes associated with bariatric surgery