Am I A Candidate?
You may be a candidate for bariatric (weight loss) surgery if you are:
- Between the ages of 18 and 65
- Obese with a body mass index of 35 or above
- Struggling with an obesity-related condition like hypertension, heart disease or sleep apnea
- Currently trying to or have tried in the past to lose weight through other means such as diet and exercise
- Psychologically ready for weight loss surgery and willing to commit to a whole new lifestyle
- Not being drug or alcohol dependent
Attend a seminar.
As part of your pre-surgical orientation and preparation, your doctor may ask you to attend a free bariatric weight loss seminar. Find out more here.
Complete a screening.
A surgical consultation is required. You'll meet with your surgeon, bariatric coordinator and nutritionist to help you better prepare for the procedure and life post-surgery. During this meeting, your surgeon will review your health history and you’ll talk in-depth about surgical techniques and risk, the need for further consultations or tests. You’ll also get a checklist of pre-operative requirements which must be completed prior to surgery.
After review of all your details, you’ll be notified of your surgery date and whether we need anything additional.
Once it’s been determined that you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery, you’ll collaborate with doctors to get ready for surgery, lifestyle changes, and a whole new, healthier life.
Bariatric surgery requires preparation in three dimensions:
Physical. Your doctor may require you to follow a six-month, medically supervised weight loss program involving diet and exercise before your surgery. Losing some excess weight before your treatment increases safety and aids in a faster recovery.
Mental & Emotional. Bariatric surgery patients undergo a psychological evaluation to assess their readiness for surgery and the ways their lifestyles must change for long-term success. These evaluations are conducted by a licenses psychologist who then may coach you on the kinds of adjustments you’ll face after surgery.
For program requirements, please contact the bariatric coordinator at (512) 528-7317.