Am I A Candidate for Bariatric Surgery ?
There are several criteria to meet before qualifying for bariatric surgery. Morbid Obesity is most commonly calculated using BMI (Body Mass Index). BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by his or her height in square meters. To calculate your BMI please use our BMI calculator on this page. All insurance companies at this time require a BMI of 35-35.9 with at least 1-2 life threatening co-morbidities. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol. If your BMI is 40 or greater, you may qualify without having any co- morbidities. If your insurance carrier does not cover bariatric surgery, our office has several financing options available for you.
When considering weight-loss surgery, you must balance the personal risk of being morbidly obese with the potential risk and complications of the surgery. This treatment option is a tool that you will continually use to lose weight. Surgery is a resource to help you reduce your weight. Behavioral, physical and psychological changes are required for you to maintain a healthy quality of life. Sustained weight-loss over time relies upon your desire and dedication to change your lifestyle with a proactive approach.
If you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, you will be referred for evaluation and consultation with a psychologist. Although this may seem surprising to you, it has become a routine part of your preparation for surgery. A series of pre-operative test will also be performed. Based on the results of these test, you may be asked to see other specialist as a clearance for surgery.