Am I a Candidate?

Weight loss surgery is the last resort for morbidly obese individuals who have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. Surgery is a major, life-changing procedure that brings certain risks and requires careful consideration, including discussions with your primary care physician and one of our surgeons. Not everyone can or should elect to have weight loss surgery.

A successful outcome hinges on your lifetime commitment to following a strict diet and exercise regimen. If you're ready to make a change, you've come to the right place.

We assess a combination of factors to determine if weight loss surgery is the most appropriate option for you.

Weight: Surgery is offered only if you have a BMI (body mass index) of at least 40, or a BMI between 35 and 39.9 plus a serious weight-related condition such as diabetes or hypertension.

Commitment to making healthy changes: You must be willing and able to follow the advice and instructions of your surgeon, especially regarding diet and exercise after surgery. Adjusting your lifestyle, eating habits and exercise routine are requirements for weight loss success.

You’ve tried other weight loss methods: You must be able to demonstrate that you’ve attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise but have failed multiple times.

Medical conditions: Your excess weight may have generated significant and permanent damage to one or more organ systems, resulting in associated diseases. The most commonly affected organs and their related health issues include:

  • Lungs (sleep apnea, GERD)
  • Heart (congestive failure, coronary artery disease)
  • Kidneys (diabetes, high blood pressure)

These medical problems increase the risks of any major surgery, including weight loss surgery, but they also validate the need for significant weight loss.

Age: The typical age range for weight loss surgery is 21 to 55. Anyone younger than 21 must demonstrate exceptional maturity to become a candidate. We do not routinely perform the gastric bypass procedure on anyone older than 60. The decision to operate on people 61 and older is made on a case-by-case basis.

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