BMI and Criteria for Weight Loss Surgery

Steps for Bariatric Patients

  • BMI must be 40 or greater or 35 or greater with applicable obesity related co-morbidities.  (Recently, FDA approved 30 or greater with applicable obesity related co-morbidities, but we are not seeing carriers following this guideline yet.)
  • Patients are required to attend an INFORMATION SESSION to educate them of the risks and benefits associated with weight loss surgery
  • Patients will meet with the surgeon for a complete history and physical to determine best procedure for them
  • Psychiatric evaluations are required to make sure that patients fully understand the procedures and needs before and after surgery
  • Nutritional consultations are required
  • Must meet any insurance requirements based upon their individual policies
  • PCP clearance and medical records are required
  • Any additional medical clearances that may be needed based upon patients individual medical history.

Calculate Your BMI

Your Height: feet inches
Your Weight: pounds
Your BMI:  
BMI Classification Health Risk
Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5 - 24.9 Normal Weight Minimal
25 - 29.9 Overweight Increased
30 - 34.9 Obese High
35 - 39.9 Severely Obese Very High
40 and over Morbidly Obese Extremely High
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