Criteria for Bariatric Surgery
General Guidelines to Determine Who Qualifies for Bariatric Surgery
While individual bariatric surgery criteria may vary, bariatric surgeons use general guidelines to determine who is a candidate for weight-loss surgery.
Bariatric Surgery Criteria include:
- At least 100 pounds overweight
- Age 18 or over
- Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40 or BMI of 35 to 40 with other significant medical conditions
- Failure to lose weight with physician-guided diets and fitness regimens
- Absence of medical problems that might make surgery unsafe
To calculate your Body Mass Index, use our BMI calculator or use this formula:
Memorial Comprehensive Weight-Loss Surgery Program hosts informative monthly seminars to answer your questions and introduce you to people who have undergone weight-loss surgery. Check our calendar for details.
Is Your Doctor a Memorial Doctor?
To find a physician who performs bariatric weight-loss surgery, call Memorial Physician Referral Service toll-free at (800) 944-DOCS. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.