How do you determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery? Body mass index (BMI) is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate potential obesity. This is a primary factor that bariatric surgeons take into account before proceeding with any weight loss procedures.
Before you decide to undergo bariatric surgery, you must meet the following guidelines:
- You have a BMI of 40 or higher (you are more than 100 pounds overweight), with or without health issues
- You have a BMI of 35 or higher and are living with heart disease, diabetes or sleep apnea
- You have not been able to meet your weight loss goals by eating healthy foods and exercising