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.