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Referral Criteria

Goal: Reduce Obesity Related Health Complications

Many people in the medical field consider bariatric surgery to be a "life-saving" procedure. However, like all surgery, there are risks. So, it shouldn't be considered "cosmetic surgery." It is intended to lengthen lives by reducing obesity-related health complications.

Our surgeons follow strict guidelines to determine whether a patient is an appropriate candidate for the operation. The point: to be certain the risk of not having surgery outweighs the risk of potential complications from having surgery.

  • 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or more and experiencing obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes

  • Proven failure to maintain healthy weight with conventional programs and medically supervised dieting

  • High risk of obesity-related health conditions

Other Criteria

  • History of obesity

  • Documented prior attempts at weight loss through conventional, non-surgical means

  • No uncontrolled disorder or disease that may cause weight gain

  • No untreated psychiatric or eating disorder

  • No substance abuse

  • Between the ages of 18 and 65

  • Ages 65 and older are considered on an individual basis

See also points to consider.