Am I a Candidate?
To be a candidate for bariatric surgery, a patient must be between the ages of 18-67. He or she should be a non-smoker for at least three months prior to the surgery (and must agree not to smoke after surgery). The patient should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more (about 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight); or patients with a BMI of 35 – 39.9 with serious medical conditions related to obesity that would improve with weight loss. (Calculate your BMI to see if you're a candidate.)
In addition to those physical characteristics, patients must also demonstrate certain lifestyle and emotional characteristics. Patients must have demonstrated the ability to make long-term dietary changes. Finally, a potential candidate for bariatric surgery needs to have the psychological ability to adjust to the physical, emotional and social changes brought about by the post-surgery weight loss and major lifestyle changes.