Am I a Candidate?

Understanding bariatric surgery and whether it’s right for you.

bariatric surgeryOur team uses guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is usually recommended for people who:
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • Have a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea
Other qualifying factors may include: 
  • History of documented dietary weight loss attempts
  • Lifelong commitment to dietary, exercise and medical guidelines, and follow-up care
  • Psychological evaluation
Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is not an immediate fix. It's a positive, ongoing process of change and is meant to help you lose excess body weight, improve or resolve other life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and sleep apnea, and maintain a new, healthy body weight.   

Our bariatric team will provide you with ongoing support and determine: 
  • If weight loss surgery is the right treatment for you
  • Which type of procedure is best for you
  • If you are mentally and emotionally prepared to make long-term lifestyle changes
  • That you have, or will have, the necessary support system

We will also perform a thorough assessment of your health, which may include the following:

  • An application that describes your health and weight loss history
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical exam
  • Routine tests
  • Calculation of your BMI
  • Examination of any obesity-related health conditions you may have (i.e., diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, etc.)

Health benefits of bariatric surgery

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery has many benefits that can lead to a healthier, higher quality of life. Combined with effective treatment and a commitment to long-term lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery can offer a better chance for a longer life. A clinical study shows that gastric bypass surgery improves a patient’s life expectancy by 89 percent, and a review of more than 22,000 bariatric surgery patients showed improvement in or complete resolution of other conditions, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. 

If you find yourself struggling with weight loss or one or more obesity-related health conditions, bariatric surgery could be right for you. To learn more about bariatric (weight loss) surgery, call 585.922-5465 to register for one of our free informational seminars.