Your decision to have bariatric surgery is complex and should involve your doctors. In general, the criteria is based on your body mass index (BMI), which is calculated using your height and weight. BMI is used to determine your risk for weight-related health problems.
Ultimately the decision for surgery requires a consultation with a bariatric surgeon, but the following are guidelines that can help determine whether or not you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery.
- Your BMI is 40 or greater
- OR your BMI is 35 or greater, and you have at least one of the following conditions: diabetes, sleep apnea, fatty liver, documented need for a hip or knee replacement or another medical condition that could help you qualify for surgery based on your insurance requirements.
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