CANDIDATES FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY

Are You A Candidate?

In the 1991 consensus panel of surgery treatment of obesity, the National Institute of Health created the following eligibility guidelines for bariatric surgery:

  • Be at least 100 lbs above your ideal body weight or
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or over. Click HERE to calculate your BMI.
  • If Body Mass Index is below 40, you must be a high-risk candidate with at least two significant comorbidities.
  • All patients must have failed other conservative treatment options that encompasses a dietary regimen, appropriate exercise, and behavioral support and modification.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Obesity related to a metabolic or endocrine disorder
  • History of substance abuse or untreated major psychiatric disease
  • Surgery contraindicated or risks outweigh the benefits
  • Women who want to become pregnant before 18 months
  • Patient’s younger than age 16
  • Patient’s older than age 60

Patient Checklist of Preoperative Tests

These tests are required for all patients:

  • Chest x-ray within 6 months
  • EKG within 3 months
  • Psych Evaluation within 1 year

Labs as follows:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • CBC with Differential and Platelets
  • Liver Function test or Hepatic Panel
  • Thryoid Function test – TSH with free T4
  • Amylase
  • Lipase
  • Lipid panel