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Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric Surgery is suitable for individuals who have already tried to lose weight by other methods but have not been successful. Surgery is not the first choice for weight management. For more on weight management services offered at UI Health, click here.

Success for bariatric surgery depends largely on diet and exercise recommendations after surgery. Commitment to lifelong diet modifications and exercise, as well as motivation to change habits is necessary. UI Health recommends surgery for the following candidates:

  • A Body Mass Index (BMI), of 35 or greater can be considered for bariatric surgery when it is accompanied by obesity related illnesses like diabetes, hypertension or sleep apnea.
  • BMI's over 40 are eligible for bariatric surgery based on weight alone.
  • Patients with BMI's greater than 60 may be asked to lose weight before surgery for safety reasons.

Body Mass Index:

If your Body Mass Index Score is above 30, your weight class is Obese and you may qualify for Bariatric Surgery. See Table Below to find your BMI:

BMI Chart

Bariatric Surgery is Not for Everyone

The following patients should not consider the bariatric surgery option:

  • Anyone who cannot adhere to the necessary pre- and post-operative dietary changes should not have bariatric surgery
  • Anyone with a substance abuse problem will not be considered for a bariatric surgery operation
  • Those with an eating or psychiatric disorder that is untreated or unresolved are not bariatric surgical candidates. If these conditions are resolved or well-controlled, and clearance is received from a psychologist, bariatric surgery can be considered
  • Women planning pregnancy in the near future should not undergo bariatric surgery