Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?
Discover if bariatric surgery is right for you
Weight loss (bariatric) surgery makes your stomach smaller so you feel full with less food. Weight loss surgery may be for you if:
- You are 100 pounds overweight or more, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or
- You have a BMI of 35 or greater and one or more serious health conditions linked to being obese, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea, and
- You have not had been able to lose weight in other ways, such as diet, exercise or medications
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
BMI is a measure used to index a person’s height and weight. BMI helps you and your health care professionals better understand health issues associated with a specific weight classification, such as obesity and morbid obesity.
Calculate your BMI, and get a detailed report.
Other Common Guidelines for Weight Loss Surgery:
- Understanding the risks of bariatric surgery
- Committing to dietary and other lifestyle changes as recommended by your surgeon
- Having a history of failed weight loss attempts
- Undergoing a complete examination including medical tests
Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?
Talk with your surgeon about the different surgical treatments, as well as the benefits and risks. Remember:
- Bariatric surgery is not cosmetic surgery
- Bariatric surgery does not involve removing body fat by suction or surgical removal
- You must commit to long-term lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, which are key to the success of bariatric surgery
- Problems after surgery are rare, but corrective procedures may be required