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Requirements for bariatric surgery

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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​.

​​So​metimes it may be necessary to be seen by your doctor or team member, but not practical or prudent to come to the clinic. 

​Our exclusive Telehealth ​service makes it possible for patients and doctors to talk as if they are in the same room.

Obesity Basics: What Is It? How Is It Treated?

There is an epidemic of obesity in this country, health experts say. But what is obesity? How is it measured? Find out the answers to these questions and others by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

1. Body mass index (BMI) is the current standard for finding out whether someone is overweight or obese. BMI corrects for differences in height among people. Which BMI reading is considered obese?
2. What portion of body fat falls in the obese category?
3. How many American adults are considered obese?
4. What causes obesity?
5. Which of these serious health problems has been linked to obesity?
6. If you are considered obese, how much weight do you need to lose to bring about positive health changes?
7. What is a healthy weight loss goal?
8. How much physical activity should you aim for each week to help weight loss?
9. If your healthcare provider recommends weight-loss medicine, when can you expect to lose the most weight?
10. Bariatric surgery may be recommended for people with a BMI of more than 40. What does the procedure involve?