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). BMI Calculator
  • have documented failure in medically supervised weight reduction program 
  • 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.

Related Events

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group
Meets monthly on the third, fourth and fifth Mondays from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. This free support group for pre- and post-op weight loss surgery individuals allows for value information to be shared among peers. [More]

Weight Loss Surgery New Patient Information Seminar
Tue December 18, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Learn about surgical approaches to weight loss. [Register]

Weight Loss Surgery Pre-Op Support Group
Meets monthly on the first Monday from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. This free support group, which meets the first Monday of the month, allows individuals to gain information and insight from a dietitian and psychologist prior to surgery. [More]

Weight Loss Surgery One-Year-Plus Post-Op Support Group
Meets monthly on the second Monday from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. This free support group is for individuals that are at least one year post-surgery. [More]

Weight Loss Surgery Information Seminar
Tue January 15, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Learn about surgical approaches to weight loss. [Register]

All our seminars and support groups meet at this location:

Middlesex Hospital
North One Meeting Room
28 Crescent Street
Middletown, CT, 06457


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