Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Columbia Surgical Associates provides a full range of weight loss services. Deciding whether surgery is appropriate for you requires a great deal of research, thought, and preparation. It’s important to consider the pros and cons, and then consult with a doctor before choosing to undergo a procedure.

The first step is to ask yourself whether you a qualify for an operation.

Typically, you’re considered a candidate for surgery if you have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) between 40 and 60, 35-40 with one risk factor (Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, Obstructive Sleep Apnea).
  • Be willing to make a commitment to a new, healthy lifestyle
  • Be at a certain level of physical ability and emotional maturity
  • Meet specific insurance requirements

Weight loss surgery is a major step. It demands a long-term commitment to change and determination for a healthy lifestyle. Success depends on close cooperation with our experienced weight loss surgeons (Dr. James Pitt and Dr. Nicole Spencer) and a team of dedicated specialist.


What Excludes Me From Bariatric Surgery?

While bariatric surgery can help reduce your risk of weight-related problems, weight-loss surgery isn’t for everyone. As with any major surgical procedure there are health risks and side effects. The following situations can increase your risks and will need to be addressed in depth if deciding to proceed with surgery.

  • Current tobacco use (cigarettes or chewing tobacco)
  • History of untreated substance abuse or major psychiatric disease
  • Medically unstable and unable to tolerate major surgery and general anesthesia
  • Women who delivered a baby within the past 12 months
  • Women who want to become pregnant within 18 months following surgery
  • Obesity that is related to a metabolic or endocrine disorder
  • Risks of having bariatric surgery outweigh the benefits
  • BMI below 40 without any 2 obesity-related health issues
  • *Under age 18
  • *Over age 65

* Age does not determine whether or not you are a candidate to have bariatric surgery however, certain ages can present increased health risks. If you are under age 18 or older than age 65 your doctor will discuss these special considerations with you in detail at your consultation.

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