Ministry Medical Group’s Bariatric Surgery program is a Center of Excellence. Our Bariatric Coordinator explains how a person can determine if they are a candidate for bariatric surgery including body mass index (BMI), age, attempts with other weight loss programs, understanding of the procedure and a commitment to prolonged lifestyle changes and long term follow up.
Are you a candidate?
How do you know if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery? Our team helps patients to determine candidacy for bariatric surgery. As bariatric surgery is a life changing experience, it is important that patients are well prepared to undergo the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects associated with weight loss surgery. Individuals who are candidates for bariatric surgery have the following:
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or over, with at least one high-risk medical condition (comorbidity), such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, Type II diabetes, osteoarthritis, and others. (Lower BMIs may be accepted depending on history and physical examination)
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
- Age 18-65 years (some exceptions)
- Is an acceptable candidate for operative surgery
- Has experienced failed attempts with diet plans, behavioral and medical therapy
- Possesses realistic expectations and a strong motivation to become healthier
- Is capable of understanding the procedure and implications
- Is committed to prolonged life-style changes and long-term follow-up
- Is psychologically prepared
Body Mass Index helps to provide a definition for selection/candidacy of therapy for people who are overweight. One is clinically severely obese (morbidly obese) when he or she is so heavy that the fat tissue load creates other medical problems – comorbidities such as sleep apnea, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, reflux disease, joint disease, heart disease, etc. Individuals who are morbidly obese are typically 100lbs in excess of ideal body weight. Body Mass Index is calculated by weight (kg) / height (meters squared).