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1. Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery?

  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40.

  • You have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight.

  • You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through dieting or exercising.



2. Can I get bariatric surgery if I have a lower BMI?

In certain cases, individuals with a BMI between 30 and 35 may be considered for surgery if they have obesity-related health issues

3. Is there an age limit for bariatric surgery?

Candidates are normally between 18-65 years old but this can be flexible depending on the health of the patient. Adolescent bariatric surgery may be considered in specific cases of severe obesity-related health issues.

4. What health conditions make me a strong candidate for bariatric surgery?

Common obesity-related health conditions that may strengthen a candidate's case include diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and joint problems.

5. How can I know if I'm mentally prepared for bariatric surgery?

We require all candidates to complete an assessment questionnaire. Although a full Psychological Assessment is not required in order to proceed, we do recommend that each candidate completes a full assessment with a licensed Psychologist before they proceed with a weight loss surgery. 

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Candidacy Quiz

Do you have any medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypertension, increased risk for heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea or other conditions related to your weight?
Can you commit to a change in lifestyle like diet, exercise, etc. associated with a bariatric weight loss procedure?

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