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Candidates for weight loss surgery

Bariatric weight loss surgery can help meet your health goals. If you have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise or you're experiencing weight-related health problems, we have programs that support your desire for a healthy lifestyle.

Are you a good candidate for weight-loss surgery?

Weight-loss surgery is a major decision in a patient’s life.

While it is not the right option for everyone, bariatric surgery can make a significant and positive impact by reducing risks for major health conditions and improving quality of life.

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Weight loss support at The Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

At the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute in Dallas/Fort Worth, we take the time to understand your health history and assess your current medical needs. We look at factors such as your body mass index (BMI), previous weight-loss efforts and related conditions to help you decide if bariatric surgery is a good option for you.

Call (833) 612-2022 to talk with a nurse about weight-loss surgery, sign up for a bariatric seminar or to find a doctor.
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Qualifications for bariatric surgery

Weight-loss procedures are performed to treat severe obesity. To determine whether you are overweight or obese, your doctor will use BMI calculations.

Although candidacy for the surgery is determined on an individual basis, general guidelines for eligibility include:

  • Inability to achieve healthy or sustained weight-loss with previous efforts
  • A body weight 100 pounds or more above the threshold considered optimal for a given height
  • A BMI that is greater than 40
  • A BMI greater than 35 and one or more of the following medical conditions:
    • Gastrointestinal disorders, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • Non-alcoholic liver disease
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders

Bariatric surgery may improve or resolve many of the conditions above. In addition, the improvements observed in Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol may significantly decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Weight-loss surgery success

The success of your weight-loss surgery depends on you adhering to preoperative weight-loss plans, following strict diet and lifestyle guidelines after surgery and attending follow-up appointments with your doctor. A successful bariatric surgery can offer many benefits, including:

  • Weight reduction
  • Improvement of obesity-related conditions
  • Improved movement and stamina
  • Enhanced mood, self-esteem and overall quality of life

Navigating Bariatric Surgery

Understanding the qualifications for bariatric surgery and making the most of our Ask-a-Nurse support line.

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Bariatric Ask a Nurse support line

BMI Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.





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