Am I A Candidate
People come in all shapes and sizes. But are you a candidate for a weight loss surgery program?
If you feel you are a candidate, you will want to educate yourself on many life-changing procedures. Morbid Obesity is used to describe a very serious medical condition in scientific terms. Your health and safety, not to mention overall success are most important when considering our patients. Not all patients who suffer from obesity are surgical candidates. This is why we have placed certain guidelines, the National Institutes of Health Guidelines, when considering a potential patient for surgery. Body Mass Index, age, prior weight loss surgery and smoking and tobacco use.
Body Mass Index
Many utilize the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a way to help determine obesity. BMI is a number that shows body weight adjusted for height. BMI can be calculated with simple math using inches and pounds, or meters and kilograms. In order to understand your Body Mass Index (BMI) we have provided a calculator for your convenience. Enter your Height and Weight in the blanks. The system will then run a simple formula to determine your BMI combined with any of the medical conditions qualify you for the procedure. This process is anonymous and instant. This will help categorize weight in terms of nationally recognized standards. On average, patients considered for weight loss surgery are in the morbidly or super obese categories.
There are several medically accepted criteria for defining morbid obesity. You are likely morbidly obese if you are:
- More than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight, or
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40, or
- Have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight
- Unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even though medically supervised dieting