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Qualifications for Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is not intended for patients who have mild obesity. This life-changing surgery is for patients who:

  • Have a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than or equal to 40 OR a BMI greater that 35 with life-threatening medical problems (high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, etc., to qualify). To determine what your BMI is, go to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery's BMI calculator.
  • Have medical problems directly related to obesity such as diabetes, hypertension, leg swelling, leg ulcers, GE reflux, urine control problems, menstrual irregularities, sleep apnea, obesity hyperventilation syndrome, joint pain, heel pain, high cholesterol, pseudotumor cerebri, shortness of breath, etc.
  • Have tried to lose weight through dieting.

Please check with your insurance company to determine whether you meet their specific criteria and what their requirements are. If you do not have insurance and are interested in participating in our “Self Pay Program” please call (804) 827-0045 for information.