How to Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?

Mar 30, 2023

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you cannot seem to lose weight. All that exercise, diet plans, and techniques just don’t seem to be paying off. It’s possible that your problem requires medical attention and procedures. Depending on your case, the doctor might recommend weight loss surgery.

Since weight loss surgery is an invasive procedure, you will have to pass certain eligibility criteria to qualify for the procedure. In this blog, we will mention weight loss surgery requirements and how to meet them. Carry on reading to find out.

Weight Loss Surgery Qualifications

Have you considered weight loss surgery to boost your health? Not everyone who battles obesity can qualify for weight loss surgery. Therefore, your doctor will conduct many tests and checkups to determine if this is a suitable option for you. Some requirements for surgical weight loss procedures are:

1. The Body Mass Index is 35 or Higher

You need a certain weight and BMI to qualify for the procedure. This is because your weight will inform the healthcare provider if you are eligible for the surgery. Moreover, your BMI and weight also indicate if you are at risk for other health conditions. Your weight-to-heart ratio also helps in choosing the most suitable treatment.

You need a BMI of 35 or more to qualify for weight loss surgery. However, additional factors will also influence the final decision of your candidacy for the procedure.

2. Presence of Obesity-Related Health Conditions

Another important weight loss surgery qualification is the presence of a health condition associated with obesity. If you have medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, it can be hard to fight them, along with obesity. Therefore, having a BMI of 35 and an obesity-related health condition can make you eligible for weight loss surgery. Furthermore, your medical history can also help in making this decision.

3. Aged Between 18 and 65 Years

Yes, our age also plays a major role in your candidacy for the procedure. Bariatric surgery is suitable for adults who are aged between 18 and 65. This is because being younger than 18 or older than 65 can put you at risk of complications.

4. Willingness to Live or Adapt to a Healthy Lifestyle

Weight loss surgery is a big commitment — you need to accept the lifestyle changes that come with it. You will have to agree to cut back on tobacco and follow any other requirements that can make bariatric surgery effective for you. Generally, too, tobacco is considered dangerous for overall health. By adjusting to the required lifestyle changes, you can ensure there are no complications and that your weight loss surgery is a success.

5. Passing Psychiatric Evaluation Before the Procedure

Even if you pass all the physical weight loss surgery qualifications, you need to be mentally prepared. Therefore, you will have to pass the psychiatric evaluation and counseling before the surgery to be eligible. Both psychological and social factors are essential for losing weight long-term. Usually, the participants attend a pre-surgical psychological assessment.

How You Can Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery

If you meet the requirements, you will qualify for weight loss surgery. You will meet a healthcare team to ensure it is a medically safe option for you. Moreover, the team will explain what happens before, after, and during the procedure. In addition, you can ask your doctor to attend educational sessions and seminars to learn more. Your willingness,

understanding, and mental outlook will also influence the decision of your candidacy.

Talk to a Doctor for Bariatric Surgery Today!

You should talk to a qualified professional if you are considering weight loss surgery and are not sure if you meet the qualifications. Our team at Nova Bariatrics will ensure you have a safe and effective procedure with successful results. Call us now at (469) 639-0953 or visit us at 1081 Kinwest Pkwy #110, Irving, TX 75063.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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