Am I a Candidate?
When you're considering bariatric surgery, one of the first steps is finding out more about the benefits and risks of the procedures. Only you and your bariatric surgeon can decide which procedure is right for you.
According to the National Institutes of Health, anyone weighing 20 percent or more than the ideal for his or her body is obese. At that point, the extra weight becomes a health risk, contributing to a number of conditions, many of them life-threatening.
One way to determine whether you are obese is by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI). An individual whose BMI is in the 25-29.9 range is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher signals obesity. A BMI of 40 or greater is considered morbidly obese, or obesity at a level significant enough to be life-threatening.
If you are obese, weight loss surgery may be an option to help you control your weight.
If you would like to learn more about qualifying for weight loss surgery, sign up for a free info session. We offer an interactive presentation you can watch now or in-person seminars led by affiliated surgeons.