- Bariatric Surgery Qualifications
Bariatric Surgery Qualification Criteria
Parham Doctors' Hospital uses qualification guidelines published by the National Institute of Health along with other recommendations from national surgical societies.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, the following list should be considered as minimum qualifying criteria.
You should be at least 17 years of age.
Body Mass Index:
Your body mass index (BMI) should be 40 or higher (this usually means you are at least 100 pounds over your ideal body weight)
You should have a BMI between 30 and 40 with at least one serious medical condition related to obesity that would improve with weight loss. You can use the calculator to find out your BMI.
Serious medical conditions related to obesity include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Sleep apnea
- Chronic respiratory insufficiency, Asthma
- Chronic degenerative joint disease of knees, hips, ankles or back (including gouty arthritis)
- Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD);
- Hypercholesterolemia or Hypertriglyceridemia;
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Weight related infertility; Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Failed Medical or Professionally Supervised Weight Loss Programs
You must have attempted previous medical, professionally supervised, or structured weight loss programs. Such weight loss programs may include diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, or medications.
You must be able to give informed consent for surgery. This means you must be capable of understanding the possible risks, benefits, and side effects of bariatric surgery. Additionally, you should understand the lifestyle changes necessary following bariatric surgery and be committed to making these changes. You should be prepared and able to adhere to long-term follow up after surgery.
Alcoholism, Tobacco and Chemical Dependency/Abuse
You must be free from alcohol, tobacco and chemical dependencies. A history of dependency does not prevent you from having bariatric surgery if you have been successfully treated and remained drug, alcohol and tobacco free for a prolonged period
Medically Supervised Diet
Some insurance companies require prospective weight loss surgery patients to follow a six-month physician-supervised diet before they will approve weight loss surgery. The Six Month Diet Requirements document can be used by you and your Primary Care Physician to document your efforts and fulfill this requirement of your insurance company. Download PDF of Medically Supervised Diet