Candidates for Weight Loss Surgery
The goal of bariatric surgery is to reduce and maintain permanent loss of a least half of the preoperative excess body weight, improving health and reducing weight-related health risks. If you are considering gastric bypass surgery, you are required to meet a number of criteria. In most cases, you must:
The National Institute of Health requires:
- A BMI of 40 or above
- Or, a BMI of 35 or greater with a co-morbidity of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and/or sleep apnea.
We also ask that you:
- Not use tobacco products including e-cigarettes and vaporizers for 8-10 weeks before surgery
- Demonstrate a willingness to engage in lifestyle and nutritional habits known to support weight loss.
- Have support from family, spouse, or close friends.
- Surgery is not recommended for the patients known to abuse alcohol or drugs, or those with an eating disorder such as bulimia.
For more information, please email the Genesis Center For Weight Management or call 563-421-8361.