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Making the Bariatric Surgery Decision -- Use Our BMI Calculator

Wondering if bariatric surgery such as LAP-BAND, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or the REALIZE Band is right for you? The criteria for bariatric surgery varies slightly with each patient and procedure. Yet, patients will need to meet certain standardized requirements to be considered a good candidate for a weight loss operation. See below for these standards.

The first step toward surgical weight loss is determining your body mass index (BMI). Simply enter your height, weight and gender into the BMI calculator below.

If your BMI is greater than 30, you could be eligible for bariatric surgery.

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Please register for a free seminar to receive thorough information regarding weight loss procedures and what they can do for you.

Criteria for Bariatric Surgery

You've Struggled with Obesity for A Long Time

Weight loss surgery is designed for people who have been overweight or obese for years - in many cases, bariatric surgery patients have spent their entire adult life dealing with excess pounds.

You Have a Body Mass Index Over 40 (or 35+ with Co-Morbid Conditions)

One significant criteria for bariatric surgery is a high body mass index, or BMI.

Generally speaking, you need to have a BMI of 40 or higher to be considered for weight loss surgery like gastric bypass, while a BMI of 30 or greater is needed to qualify for procedures like the Gastric Balloon.

It's important to note that patients who have a BMI of between 35 and 40 along with one or more co-morbid conditions (conditions related to being overweight or obese) may also meet the criteria for bariatric surgery.

Examples of obesity-related co-morbid conditions include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, or cardiac disease.

Your Previous Attempts to Lose Weight Have Been Unsuccessful

One qualifier for bariatric surgery is being able to show an inability to achieve, and maintain a healthy body weight - even if you've followed one or more medically-supervised weight loss programs for an extended period.

You're Prepared to Change Your Diet

Weight loss surgery is designed to help obese individuals lose weight by significantly reducing the capacity of the stomach (and therefore, cutting the number of calories that the patient can consume) and/or reducing the amount of nutrients, carbohydrates, and sugars from the food the patient eats.

If you have bariatric surgery, you'll need to follow special dietary guidelines and maintain this modified diet for the rest of your life. Otherwise, you may wind up dealing with serious post-surgical complications or re-gain unwanted weight.

Here at Your New Self, our team of registered dietitians are available to help our patients plan healthy, enjoyable meals designed to promote long-term health and wellness.

You're Committed to Being Active

Regular exercise is an important part of post-surgical care for bariatric patients. Working out and staying physically active can help with the management of co-morbid conditions like diabetes, improve mental wellness, and minimize the chances of complications following weight loss surgery.

Your Mental Health Is Well-Managed

Patients seeking bariatric surgery must understand that a several factors may have contributed to their ongoing struggles with obesity. Factors affecting obesity include medical issues, dietary habits, and mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

To meet the criteria for bariatric surgery, you may be asked to participate in a psychological assessment. If necessary, you may undergo treatment for conditions that may interfere as you cope with changes in your body after bariatric surgery.

For More Information

To learn more about the criteria for bariatric surgery at Your New Self, please complete our online contact form or call us at 1-877-362-9898 to speak with one of our experienced medical weight loss experts today.

About your new self at Detroit Center in Michigan

Detroit Medical Center is the premier provider of weight loss surgery in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. DMC operates offices in the Madison Heights and Southfield areas of Detroit, Michigan, and serves other areas including Ypsilanti, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Livonia, Monroe, Lansing, Dearborn, Novi and Troy. Your New Self also serves Canadian bariatric patients as a preferred provider for the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Your New Self at Detroit Medical Center boasts four expert bariatric surgeons who specialize in LAP-BAND®, REALIZE® Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass bariatric surgeries.

Patients interested in weight loss surgery should sign up for a free informational seminar to learn more about their surgical options and get started today.