Patients who are diagnosed as being morbidly obese and have been unsuccessful at maintaining a healthy weight through previous diet and exercise programs may be a candidate for bariatric or weight loss surgery.
Below are some criteria for becoming a bariatric patient:
- You must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater (see BMI Chart below)
- If your BMI is between 35-40, then you must have at least one significant co-morbidity (serious medical problem). Individuals with a BMI of 30-35 with at least one significant co-morbidity only qualify for bariatric surgery using the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System.
- Most patients are between the ages of 18 and 65 years old, but consideration for surgical treatment of morbid obesity is not based on age alone.
- You must not have any severe psycho-emotional or medical problems that would make surgery unnecessarily risky.
- You must not be drug or alcohol dependent, and if you have a history of such, you must be well into a qualified treatment program with at least one year of sobriety.
- You must be willing to abstain from using alcohol.
- If you smoke, you must stop at least three months before surgery, and quit smoking forever.
- You must have healthy teeth, in order to grind your food properly. If you are missing multiple molar teeth, we strongly encourage you to see your dentist to evaluate methods to address this problem. .
- You must have a personal ongoing commitment to follow the nutrition, exercise, medication and laboratory protocols provided.
- You must have a personal ongoing commitment to attend face-to-face support group meetings on a regular basis and/or participate in our online support group.
- You must make a personal ongoing commitment to return to the office for follow-up appointments.
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