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Candidates for weight loss surgery

Bariatric weight loss surgery can help meet your health goals. If you have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise or you're experiencing weight-related health problems, we have programs that support your desire for a healthy lifestyle.

Weight loss surgery requirements

The bariatric surgeons at Wesley Woodlawn Bariatric Surgery Center, a campus of Wesley Healthcare, perform bariatric surgery to help obese patients lose weight and improve their overall health.

Our team will guide you through fulfilling medical screenings and insurance requirements, and we will provide comprehensive care and education before, during and after your weight loss surgery.

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Obesity is defined as being 100 pounds or more overweight, and obesity often leads to health complications. Major weight loss is critical to help obese patients improve their quality of life and the symptoms of weight-related conditions.

The decision to undergo weight loss surgery requires a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes. Diet and exercise changes are crucial to the success of weight loss surgery and keeping the weight off. From the moment you commit to bariatric surgery, our staff will be with you throughout every step of the process.

Do I qualify for bariatric surgery?

You must undergo medical screenings, a psychological evaluation and other prerequisites for our team to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.

Additionally, to be a candidate, you must:

  • Weigh 100 pounds or more than the ideal weight for your height
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea
  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Not abuse alcohol or drugs
  • Understand the risks of surgery and the lifestyle changes that need to be made after surgery

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Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.





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