Who's a Candidate?

First: Am I a Candidate for Surgery?

 

In order to be considered for bariatric surgery at Southeast Bariatrics, you must:

  • have BMI ≥ 40 or ≥ 35 with obesity-related medical problems and BMI ≥ 30 for Lap-Band

  • have the ability to undergo general anesthesia (no major heart or lung problems)

  • have tried diet, exercise, behavior changes and/or weight loss medications in the past

  • be between the ages of 18-75. We will consider patients over 65 only on a case-by-case basis.

  • have the ability to understand the risks, benefits, alternatives of bariatric surgery

  • have the ability and willingness to participate in our program and follow our requirements before and after surgery

  • be smoke-free for at least 3 months (If you’re still smoking call 1-800-QUITNOW to begin the quitting process)

  • be psychologically stable—no psychological illness or addiction

  • be ≥2yrs after major cancer treatment

  • have a Primary Care Physician (PCP)

  • have a good support system

  • have the ability to attend at least one support group prior to surgery

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Second: Which Registration Process Do I Prefer?