If you're 100 pounds or more overweight and your health is at risk, bariatric surgery may be an excellent treatment option. Find out if you qualify for bariatric surgery.
For more information call 805-737-3382
Bariatric surgery is not a weight loss program for mildly overweight people. Bariatric surgery is designed to treat severely obese people who are 100 pounds or more overweight, and their health is at risk.
A person’s body mass index or BMI is currently the best way to determine the degree of obesity. BMI measures both a person’s height and weight and adjusts for men and women.
If you don’t know your BMI, please take a minute to calculate your BMI. If your BMI is 40 or greater, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery.
If your BMI is more than 35 and if you have one or more of the following, you may also be a candidate for bariatric surgery:
Patients with the following BMI can be candidates for bariatric surgery*:
Although you may meet the physical qualifications, you should only have bariatric surgery if you are well-informed and motivated. To have bariatric surgery, you must:
Part of the evaluation process for bariatric surgery is consulting with our dietitians about your diet and lifestyle habits. Understanding your eating habits—in addition to making healthy lifestyle changes—is key to your weight loss success.
Before your surgery, our dietitians will coach you through a supervised weight loss process. Your insurance company may require you to lose weight before your surgery to make sure.We will also ask you to complete a two-day food diary.
We understand that successfully losing weight after bariatric surgery involves the entire person. Because psychological and social factors are essential to successfully losing weight long-term, all participants in our bariatric surgery program will have a comprehensive pre-surgical psychological assessment.
This psychological assessment will help us ensure you have the best outcomes after your surgery.
Psychological evaluations are standard protocol for our bariatric surgery team. Most health insurance plans also require patients to have a psychological assessment before having bariatric surgery.