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Will I qualify for weight loss surgery?

Like any major procedure, there are risks involved with having bariatric surgery. If you want to be considered for this type of surgery, you will have to undergo a thorough evaluation to determine if surgery is a suitable option for you.

While insurance requirements may vary, a person who meets the following criteria is most likely eligible for weight loss surgery:

  • You’re between the ages of 18 and 65.
  • You’ve tried medically supervised weight loss programs and have not been successful long term.
  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of:
    • 40 or greater OR
    • A BMI between 35-40 and have other obesity-related medical problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or severe sleep apnea OR
    • A BMI between 30-35 and have diabetes

(BMI and obesity-related medical problems can vary based on insurance criteria)

  • You are mentally ready for the surgery and the effects of the weight loss.
  • You’re motivated to do the hard work ahead.
    • There will be significant life changes that need to be made along with the surgery. You’re going to have to learn a new way of eating and exercising.

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