Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Figuring out if you're a candidate for bariatric surgery is the first step on your journey to better health. In most cases, bariatric surgery is a good choice for someone who has repeatedly tried to get healthy with diet, exercise, or weight loss supplements but hasn’t been successful.

At Schneck, we perform weight loss surgery on adults ages 18 to 65. Patients older than 65 may be considered, depending upon their health. There are additional factors that we look at as we evaluate whether bariatric surgery is a good fit for you. These include your body mass index (BMI) and your personal commitment.  

Your BMI

You'll hear people mention BMI frequently when discussing bariatric surgery. Your BMI is an estimate of your body fat based on the ratio of your weight to your height.

A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. As numbers increase beyond 25, so does the risk of serious medical conditions.  

People with a BMI of 40 and up are potential candidates for surgery, as are those with a BMI of 35 and up who have one or more obesity-related conditions, such as:
  • Type 2 diabetes.                              
  • High blood pressure.
  • Elevated or high cholesterol levels.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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Your personal commitment

We know that bariatric surgery isn't a cure for obesity, but rather a large leap toward better health. To make the most of your weight loss surgery, you have to be committed to making lifelong changes to both your eating and fitness habits.

Good candidates for bariatric surgery understand that fact and are willing to adapt to their new dietary and fitness guidelines.

In addition to meeting with one of our expert surgeons and nurse practitioner, prospective patients meet with our staff psychologist and a dietitian to evaluate if they are able to commit to our program. During that time, our staff can also tell you more about how the program works and the support systems we have to help you be successful.

Find out if you're a candidate

If you feel that you meet the general criteria described above and are ready to take the next step, we'd love to hear from you.

Attend one of our free seminars to learn about what makes a good candidate.