Am I eligible for weight loss surgery?
Eligibility for weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, means you must meet multiple criteria:
- You must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40, or
- BMI of 35-39 with at least one obesity-related medical condition (co-morbidity). Use the calculator below to check your body mass index.
These constitute the minimum criteria for insurance approval prior to weight loss surgery. Roller Weight Loss & Advanced Surgery will consider many other factors before determining whether or not surgery is right for you.
Things to Consider
Can you make the lifestyle changes required to achieve positive results from the surgery?
Can you comply with the follow-up required after surgery?
In the year following surgery, you must attend follow-up office visits two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, nine months and 12 months after your date of surgery. You will complete annual follow-up visits for life. Lap Band patients will need more frequent follow-up for adjustments. We want to follow our patients for life, and know this will help our patients be successful in the long-term. Depending on the procedure you have, your stomach will be greatly reduced in size and will only hold two to four ounces of food at a time. Your post-operative diet will begin with a strict liquid diet for two weeks to allow your stomach to heal after surgery. We also require our patients to avoid carbonated beverages, caffeine and alcohol after surgery, as they can cause discomfort and promote dehydration. Straying from this diet could impede healing and lead to medical consequences that could require more surgery or hospitalization.