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Am I A Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Am I A Candidate?

You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if your Body Mass Index is 30 or greater.

Your BMI: -

We offer Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass and Lapband® surgery.

The guidelines established by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) for weight loss surgery are as follows:

Since obese people are clearly at an increased risk for multiple, potentially life-threatening medical conditions, there is universal agreement that substantial, long-lasting weight loss should be the treatment goal for obesity. We know that the majority of obesity-related medical conditions will resolve or significantly improve with substantial, sustained weight loss.

A clinical description of the degree of obesity helps determine if a person is a candidate for weight loss surgery. Obesity is defined by a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30. Body mass index is calculated by a person's weight in kilograms divided by their height in meters squared (BMI = weight/height2 or kg/m2). This can also be calculated by a person's weight in pounds divided by their height in inches squared multiplied by a correction factor (lbs. /inches2 X 703).

The FDA guidelines state that a person with a BMI of 35 to 40 with weight-related health problems or a person with a BMI greater than 40 is a candidate for surgical treatment for obesity. Typically insurance plans that allow for weight loss surgery will follow these guidelines. If your BMI is 30 to 35 you may still qualify for surgery, however you would be self-pay.

18 - 24 Normal Weight
25 - 30 Overweight
30 - 35 Obesity, Class 1
35 - 40 Severe Obesity, Class 2
40+ Morbid Obesity, Class 3

The BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate health risk. If your BMI is between 18 and 24.9, you're considered in a healthy weight range for your height. If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you're considered overweight. And, if the figure is 30 or greater, you're considered obese. The following table shows examples of healthy weight, overweight and obese weight ranges for several heights.

5 feet 2 inches
(62 inches)
101 to 136 pounds 137 to 163 pounds 164 pounds or more
5 feet 6 inches
(66 inches)
115 to 154 pounds 155 to 185 pounds 186 pounds or more
5 feet 10 inches
(70 inches)
129 to 173 pounds 174 to 208 pounds 209 pounds or more
6 feet 2 inches
(74 inches)
144 to 194 pounds 195 to 233 pounds 234 pounds or more

A threefold approach can help determine whether you need to lose weight for medical reasons. These include body mass index, waist measurement and personal medical history.

Waist Measurement

If you carry most of your fat around your waist or upper body, you may be referred to as apple-shaped. If you carry most of your fat around your hips and thighs or lower body, you may be referred to as pear-shaped. When it comes to your health, it's better to have the shape of a pear than the shape of an apple. If you have an apple shape - a potbelly or spare tire - you carry more fat in and around your abdominal organs. Abdominal fat increases your risk of many of the serious conditions associated with obesity. Women's waist circumference measurements should be less than 35 inches. Men's should be less than 40 inches. These are rough cutoffs, but in general, the smaller the waist measurement the better.

Medical History

You may benefit from weight loss surgery if you have other health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Also, if you have a family history of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea, you may have an increased risk of developing weight-related complications.

A person with a BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese. Losing weight will considerably improve health and reduce the risk of health-related illnesses. 

The decision to have surgical treatment for weight loss requires a careful assessment of the risks and benefits in each individual case. Occasionally, there are people who would benefit from weight loss surgery despite the fact that they do not strictly meet the NIH guidelines; ideally, they are well-informed, motivated, and have acceptable operative risks. They should be able to participate in treatment and long-term follow-up.

We are proud to have been a key contributor for expanding the use of Weight Loss Surgery to people that are less than 100 pounds overweight. We believe that early intervention is beneficial in avoiding health problems associated with obesity. We have been helping the lower BMI population for several years and have a great deal of knowledge and expertise in assisting those who are seeking to lose 50 to 300 pounds.Looking for Weight Loss Surgery?

Experience Matters

Northwest Weight Loss Surgery has the most experience in offering Weight Loss Surgery to people with a BMI of 30 to 35. Dr. Michaelson was the only weight loss surgeon in the country invited to speak to the FDA regarding criteria changes.

"As a surgeon, I see patients every day who have been obese for years and have tried several diet and exercise programs without success," Dr. Michaelson said in the press release. "These patients frequently feel judged by their weight, as obesity is often viewed as a lack of willpower, which it is not. Obesity is a disease, which requires medical treatment, but unfortunately, diet and exercise alone do not work for everyone."

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