Qualifications for Surgery
Only very obese persons (greater than twice their ideal weight) are considered for surgical treatment. Otherwise, the expected risks may outweigh anticipated benefits. The ideal patient: 
  • Should clearly and realistically understand surgical risks and benefits and how his or her life may change after surgery.
  • Has a severely impaired quality of life due to morbid obesity.
  • Is able to participate in treatment and commit to long-term follow up.
  • Is 100 pounds over Ideal Weight or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above (BMI = weight in kg / height in meters2), or has a BMI of 35 to 40 with associated severe medical conditions.
  • Has failed non-surgical measures within the last year or more as shown by detailed weight loss history in established weight control programs.
  • Should have no contraindications for surgery.