Bariatric Surgery Requirements
Before you schedule weight loss surgery or go through the bariatric surgery process, consider these preparation recommendations and bariatric surgery requirements.
Bariatric Surgery Process and Eligibility Criteria
Patients must meet specific bariatric surgery requirements and criteria before they will be considered for an evaluation with our surgeon, or allowed to continue through the bariatric surgery process. Selection is based on guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health, which defined morbid obesity as one or more of the following criteria:
- have a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 40, or a BMI of 35 accompanied by other issues related to health (co-morbidities).
- have documented failure in several medically supervised weight reduction program within the last two years
- age between 18 and 65 years (with some exceptions)
- a long history of obesity
- no current issues with drug or alcohol abuse
- no serious psychiatric illness that would impair someone’s ability to follow our program
We recommend to all prospective bariatric surgery patients that they speak with their doctors and with others who have had a similar bariatric surgery procedure, and that they research the surgery on their own prior to their initial appointment with us. That’s why our free weight loss surgery informational seminars are an important part of the process. You’ll meet other patients, and you’ll get your first taste of the commitment required for a successful lifetime of weight control.
To save a seat at our next free weight loss surgery information meeting, sign up online or call us at 860-347-9167.