ARH Bariatrics

Am I A Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?


Your Body Mass Index (BMI) can tell you if you qualify for surgery.

The BMI is a number calculated from a person’s height and weight which gives an approximate measure of body fat. Excess body fat is the main cause of weight-related diseases. As a person’s BMI increases, so does the risk for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and certain cancers.

While BMI is a very good approximate measure of body fat, BMI does not precisely measure the exact percentage of fat. For example, athletes have a high muscle-fat ratio and may have a high BMI rating yet be in excellent health. Thus, it is important to talk to your doctor regarding your personal health condition.

To calculate your BMI, enter your height (in feet and inches) and weight (in pounds).

Then click the “Compute BMI” button to get your BMI.

Click here to go to BMI Calculator >>

Eligibility for surgery has been determined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH recognizes obesity as a disease and states that permanent weight loss through diet is almost impossible for moderately and severely obese individuals. Specifically, they acknowledge that weight loss surgery has the best success rate.

You are eligible for surgery if you have:
• a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher OR
• a BMI of at least 35 and are diagnosed with at least one or more serious obesity related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea
Other important eligibility requirements include:
• No poorly controlled psychological conditions
• No drug or alcohol dependence
• No smoking for gastric bypass; no smoking highly recommended for band
• A personal, lifelong commitment to follow the nutritional, exercise, vitamin/supplement and laboratory protocols indicated by our program

These are only general guidelines. Your surgeon will work with you to see if surgery is the right decision for you. Your first step is to learn more about the surgeries and our program through this web site and to attend a FREE Informational Seminar.