Bariatric surgery is an effective way to lose a large amount of weight, significantly improve your health and reduce or eliminate the medications you need for obesity-related health problems.
The Marshfield Clinic bariatric surgery team knows the unique challenges facing those suffering with obesity, and treats each patient with dignity, understanding and respect.
Minimum requirements to qualify as a candidate for bariatric surgery
The qualifications for bariatric surgery vary among insurance providers. In most cases, the minimum requirements include:
- A BMI (body mass index) of 40 or higher, usually met if you’re 100 pounds over your ideal body weight.
- A BMI of between 35 and 39, with one or more severe obesity-related medical problems such as diabetes, severe sleep apnea, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis of weight-bearing joints or depression.
- Documentation of previous unsuccessful weight-loss attempts such as diet, exercise, behavior modification or other physician-supervised weight loss plans.
- Consultation with a registered dietitian and participation in a medically supervised weight-loss program.
- Psychological evaluation and clearance to determine the ability to comply with the behavioral and lifestyle changes required after bariatric surgery.
- Documentation of bariatric support group attendance.
Bariatric Surgery Questionnaire
This information will be kept confidential and will assist your doctor to better understand your situation; it will be discussed further with you at the time of your preoperative consultation.
Sometimes it may be necessary to be seen by your doctor or team member, but not practical or prudent to come to the clinic.
Telehealth service makes it possible for patients and doctors to talk as if they are in the same room.