Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
Eligibility for bariatric surgery is determined in part by what's known as your body mass index, a numerical value of your weight in relation to your height. A BMI range of 18-24.9 is considered optimal. Morbid obesity is defined as a BMI score of 40 or more.
You typically qualify for bariatric surgery if you have a BMI of 35-39, with specific significant health problems like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure. A BMI of 40 or higher also is a qualifying factor.
BMI CalculatorTo calculate your BMI, use this helpful tool:
Insurance reimbursement for bariatric surgery varies. Sometimes you need to complete such steps as participating in a medically supervised diet program and gaining a mental health clearance. The Honor Health Bariatric Center will advise you on all insurance requirements.
For information, call 480-882-7460, or attend a free bariatric weight-loss surgery seminar