Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) includes a variety of procedures performed on people who are obese. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with an implanted medical device (gastric banding) or through removal of a portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) or by resecting and rerouting the small intestines to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery).

To learn more about weight loss surgery, read the information below, and visit our surgical weight loss site.

Are You a Surgical Weight Loss Candidate?

Before you can undergo weight loss surgery, your surgeon must determine whether or not you are a good candidate. Candidates for weight loss surgery are usually people between the ages of 18 and 75 who qualify based on the criteria below.

Each person’s candidacy is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Depending on your physical health and other factors, you may qualify for surgery even if some of these criteria are not met. You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you:

  • Are 100 pounds or more above your ideal weight and/or have a BMI of at least 35 and are diagnosed with at least one or more serious obesity related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea. See our BMI Calculator.
  • Have a BMI over 40. 
  • Are diagnosed by a physician with at least two other significant illnesses related to obesity.
  • Have no severe medical, psychological, or emotional conditions that would render surgery too risky.
  • Have no dependence on drugs or alcohol, or have been sober for at least a year.
  • Have tried and failed at previous efforts to lose weight.
  • Understand the seriousness of the surgery and the necessity for a lifelong personal commitment to a healthier diet and lifestyle.