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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.

 Comfort & Recovery Suites

Your procedure may qualify for a stay in a Comfort and Recovery Suite. Ask your doctor for more details.

Comfort & Recovery Suite Locations

Questions and Answers (PDF)

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