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  • Am I a Good Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

    We’ve designed a thorough evaluation process to safely identify appropriate candidates for bariatric surgery. It helps us to decide which kind of bariatric surgery, if any, might be a good option for you, as well as what kind of long-term support you might need to reach and maintain your weight loss goals.

    What Does the Evaluation Process Entail?
    The Institute for Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s has an extensive evaluation process that’s designed to safely identify appropriate candidates. There are many factors that impact whether you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery. These include:

    • Age
    • Medical history
    • Surgical history
    • Nutritional evaluation
    • Psychological evaluation
    • Personal choice
    • Lifestyle

    What is the Minimum Criterion for Bariatric Surgery?

    These evaluations are used to pinpoint where you need support to be ready for the lifelong commitment that bariatric surgery requires for a new and healthier way of living.

    Don’t disqualify yourself because you think you’re a “complicated” case. In fact, the Institute handles the most complicated weight-management candidates. The minimum criterion for bariatric surgery is at least one of these:

    • You are at least 100 pounds above your ideal body weight.
    • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater and you have failed at multiple attempts at dieting and exercise. Calculate your BMI here  
    • You have a BMI of 35 or greater if you have obesity-related disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or degenerative joint disease.

    What Does a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery Look Like?

    Patients come to the Institute from every walk of life. They are men and women who range in ages from 18 to 65, and weigh from 220 to 710 pounds. They began their journeys with BMIs ranging from 35 to 99, and suffered the typical and expected incidence of obesity-related diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, asthma, sleep apnea, joint disease, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, and infertility, among other conditions.

    The vast majority of patients, with the help of weight loss surgery and the support of our comprehensive program, have discovered long-term success.

    How to Schedule Your Initial Consultation

    Ready to learn more? Use our appointment scheduling form  to schedule an initial consultation. For more information or to register for an upcoming seminar on bariatric surgery, please call (212) 636-1000.


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    The Institute for Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery
    1111 Amsterdam Avenue, 4W Babcock Building
    New York, NY 10025
    (212) 636-1000