Eligibility Criteria for Weight Loss Surgery


To qualify for weight loss surgery, you must meet one of the following criteria, established by the National Institutes of Health.

  • Be 100 pounds or more above ideal body weight, or
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or
  • Have a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related health condition. Calculate your BMI now.

Other qualifying factors may include:

  • History of documented, failed weight loss attempts
  • Lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, and medical guidelines
  • Psychological evaluation

Together, you and a surgeon will determine if surgery is right for you, which type of procedure is your best option, and if you are mentally and emotionally prepared to make lifelong lifestyle changes. You also will meet with a dietitian, psychologist, and other support staff members in sessions leading up to surgery. Each team member will help you prepare for the exciting changes, as well as challenges, ahead.

Medical Weight Management

For those who are motivated to make positive changes in their life and need help with weight loss, we offer a multidisciplinary approach. For all patients, lifestyle modifications and improvement in diet are critical steps.

Weight-loss surgery is the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off, but it may not be the best option for everyone. For those who don’t qualify for surgery, are unable to have surgery, or do not want to have surgery, we offer medical weight management.

When you visit us, we will help you improve your diet and lifestyle, and we will discuss the best medical and surgical therapies for you, based on your body mass index (BMI), medical conditions, insurance, and preferences.

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