If you are asking yourself “Am I A Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?”, the Texas Center for Obesity Surgery will partner with you in determining if bariatric surgery is right for you. If you qualify, bariatric surgery (also referred to as weight loss surgery) can be a life changing and even lifesaving option when diet and exercise have not resulted in sufficient weight loss.
All weight loss surgeries may carry some degree of risk, therefore it is not for everyone. However, bariatric surgery is considered extremely safe but, as with any surgery when an individual meets specific criteria in order to be considered a candidate.
Many factors are evaluated to qualify for weight loss or bariatric surgery. If you’ve decided you’re ready to take the step towards a reliable and sustainable weight loss solution, you may qualify for one of the weight loss surgery procedures that Dr. Hamn and Dr. Cribbins perform. With a commitment to a long-term health and lifestyle change, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, depending on your individual weight and health.
Qualifications of a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery
You may qualify if:
- You are around 100 pounds over the ideal weight when using life insurance height/weight charts
- Body Mass Index of 40 or greater
- Body Mass Index of 35-39.9 with one or more life threatening co-morbidity conditions
- Previous attempts at weight loss have failed or success has been short-term
- For 5 or more years, you have been overweight
- No additional diseases potentially causing you to be overweight
- You are willing and prepared to make lifestyle and eating habit changes
- You are committed to ongoing lifetime follow-up care
- 18+ years old
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat and is calculated by measuring a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters and only applies to adult men and women.
BMI (Metric) = weight (kg)/height (meter2)
BMI (USA) = 703 x weight (lb)/height (inches2)
Body Mass Index (BMI) Categories
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
BMI does not measure body fat directly. However, research indicates that BMI correlates to direct measures of body fat such as underwater weighing and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and is considered an inexpensive and easy-to-perform alternative for these.
Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator
Use our calculator to measure your BMI.
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Life Threatening Co-Morbidity Conditions
Any physical problems, diseases, and/or disorders in addition to obesity. These include but are not limited to:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Sleep Apnea
- High Cholesterol
- Elevated Blood Fats
- Degenerative Arthritis
- Chronic Back Pain
If you are a candidate:
- You will be referred to a psychologist for a consultation/evaluation
- Additional pre-operative tests will be performed
- You may be referred to additional medical specialists to be cleared for surgery
- Several financing options are available if bariatric surgery is not covered by your insurance
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) showed an average weight gain from 1976 to 2005 in the US. Comparing the blue and the red curves over the last 30 years, the distribution of overweight BMI values has been moving to the right side. This demonstrates that more people are in the overweight category.
|Weight Loss Treatment Options and Success|
|Five-Year Follow-up Results after:|
|Bariatric Surgery||50% to 70%|
|Exercise and Diet||2% to 5%|
You may NOT qualify if you:
- Are not prepared to make changes to diet and lifestyle
- Are not committed to lifelong follow-up care
- Have a medical condition that would make the surgery too risky
- Have a current problem with alcohol, drug, or tobacco use
- Have a psychiatric condition (Example: Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia)
- Previously had extensive abdominal operations or hernia repairs
- Are Pregnant
Bariatric surgery can be an option to help you lose weight, but being committed to major lifestyle changes is important for success. Modifying eating and exercise habits, as well as making other behavioral and psychological changes are required for ongoing weight loss.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at the Texas Center for Obesity Surgery in Plano, please complete an online appointment request or call our office at 214-501-1333.