Are You a Candidate?
Find Out if You Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery!
If you choose to have bariatric surgery, your choice should be based on discussions between you and your doctor, including goals and strategy for long-term care.
We accept several different insurances. If you plan to use insurance, keep in mind your insurance may dictate if you are covered for surgical treatment of obesity, and if you are a candidate. They may require you to meet certain criteria before your procedure. To have our insurance specialist verify your benefits and eligibility, click here.
Client selection for bariatric surgery is based on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) criteria, and the following:
- For insurance clients: BMI greater than 35
- For personal investment or financing clients: BMI greater than 30
- For Gastric Balloon clients: BMI greater than 27
Other factors your doctor may consider include:
- 100 pounds or more above ideal body weight or a BMI of 40 or greater, with no medical conditions *
- 60-99 pounds above ideal body weight or a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more medical conditions (including but not limited to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, GERD, depression, reproductive issues, sleep apnea)*
- History of documented dietary weight loss attempts
- Lifelong commitment to dietary, exercise, and medical guidelines and follow-up care
- Psychological evaluation
Why Bariatric Surgery?
In the United States, more than 30 percent of adults are considered obese. Much more than an aesthetic concern, obesity can cause an array of health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. In addition, obese individuals are often unable to enjoy the simple pleasure of life like keeping up with young children and grandchildren and are barred from traveling due to the size of the airplane seat.
While most overweight and obese individuals try to lose excess pounds through diet and exercise, many of them fail. Sometimes, the reason for failure is beyond one’s control and can be chalked up to genetics or disease. For these people, weight loss surgery might be the answer.
Two of the more popular bariatric surgery procedures are the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. These procedures work by decreasing the size of the stomach and decreasing nutrient absorption. Because every client has unique health concerns and weight loss goals, only a personal consultation with a bariatric surgeon can help you determine which procedure is the best for you.