Weight Loss Surgery Candidates

Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery? You might be surprised to learn that qualifications for bariatric surgery aren’t based on weight alone.

Read on to learn more about if bariatric surgery is right for you.

Bariatric Surgery Qualifications

Certain medical guidelines are used to determine if you are morbidly obese and eligible for surgery. The criteria includes:

  • More than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight
  • Body mass index (BMI) of more than 40
  • BMI of more than 35 plus at least one serious health condition related to your weight
  • Inability to maintain a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even with medically-supervised dieting

Health conditions that may help qualify you for surgery include:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Additionally, adolescents may qualify for bariatric surgery if they meet the criteria. Learn more about childhood obesity and ways we can help.

Understanding BMI

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement of a person’s body size, calculated using weight and height. It is a tool used to help determine if a person is underweight (BMI below 18.5), within the normal range (BMI ranging from 18.5-24.9), overweight (BMI ranging from 24.9-29.9) or obese (BMI above 30.0).

Use our BMI calculator and ideal weight chart {Link to https://www.bannerhealth.com/staying-well/health-and-wellness/fitness-nutrition/ideal-weight} to determine if you are a potential candidate for weight loss surgery.

Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions

To find out if bariatric surgery is right for you and to become a bariatric surgery candidate, attend one of our free information sessions taught by our surgeons and staff members.

Our free information sessions are offered at:

  • Banner Estrella Weight Loss Center
  • Banner Gateway Weight Loss Center
  • Banner – University Medicine Metabolic and Bariatric Center

Talk to your doctor to learn more information about bariatric surgery qualifications and if weight loss surgery is right for you.