Am I a Candidate?
Qualifications for Weight Loss Surgery at University Hospitals Digestive Health Institute
Our nurses share how weight loss surgery changed their lives and how they can help you.
Weight loss surgery is not for everyone. To qualify for bariatric or weight loss surgery at UH Digestive Health Institute’s Bariatric Surgery, Metabolic & Nutrition Center you must meet the following criteria:
Body Mass Index
Body Mass Index or BMI is the primary tool used to determine eligibility for weight loss surgery. Interested candidates must have one of the following:
- BMI of 40 or higher (approximately 100 lbs overweight)
- BMI of 35 or higher and medical conditions such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or other medical conditions caused by increased weight
- BMI of 30 or higher, be interested in having a Lap Band procedure and medical conditions such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or other medical conditions caused by increased weight
Weight loss surgery should be considered a last resort for patients looking to lose weight. Our program requires that individuals have tried to lose weight in the past and have been unsuccessful at keeping it off.
Life and Diet Changes After Surgery
Each patient who undergoes weight loss surgery must be committed to a life long change in his or her diet and exercise habits. Patients will be required to take vitamin and mineral supplements, follow a low calorie diet, exercise regularly and follow up with their surgeon.