Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery in Massachusetts?

Come to Hallmark Health System’s Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery to find out if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery in Massachusetts. Because we’re in Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Massachusetts, we’re easy to get to and close to you.

When you visit us, our surgeons will evaluate your individual condition to help you determine what the best course of treatment is for you. One of the main factors we use to classify whether a person is a candidate for weight loss surgery is Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is your height-to-weight ratio. It’s calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. Calculate your BMI.

Technically Speaking, You Are A Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery If …

Obese patients with a BMI above 35 with co-morbidities are candidates for weight loss surgery. Co-morbidities include high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea. So if you have any of these conditions and you have a BMI above 35, you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. Any patient who has a BMI greater than 40 is an automatic candidate for surgery.

Based on new criteria, if you are choosing LAP-BAND® surgery specifically and you have one co-morbidity such as diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure and you have a BMI that is 30 or above, you are a candidate. Right now, this new criteria is approved by the FDA, but most insurance policies still require a minimum BMI of 35 for you to be eligible for coverage.

In Layman’s Terms, People Who Are Eligible for Weight Loss Surgery …

Typically patients with a BMI of at least 40 who are in good health, or a BMI of at least 35 with a health condition such as sleep apnea or diabetes, are candidates for weight loss surgery.

What Might Stop Me From Being a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

There are a few reasons that might make you an inappropriate candidate for weight loss surgery. Besides BMI and co-morbidity standards, every surgeon has a set of criteria to which they feel a patient needs to adhere to before they are candidates for weight loss surgery.

These can include certain health conditions and patient mindset. An instance when a surgeon may not deem a patient appropriate for weight loss surgery may include one where the patient makes it clear that they are unwilling to make the lifestyle changes necessary for a successful weight loss surgery journey. Your surgeon will discuss his or her criteria with you at your personal consultation.

Once a person is deemed a candidate for weight loss surgery, there is a process that they must go through before they go into weight loss surgery. Unlike other health-related surgeries, weight loss surgery requires that the patient make changes to their lifestyle — for the rest of their lives. That’s why the entire staff of Hallmark Health System’s Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery will work with you before your surgery to make sure that you understand what these lifestyle changes will entail. And, we follow you through your journey after your surgery to give you the support you will need to help you make those changes.

If you’ve been thinking about weight loss surgery, now is the time to find out whether it’s right for you. We have monthly weight loss surgery information seminars right here in Medford, MA (check out our calendar for dates). Just call (781) 306-6166 to find our more or register for one of these sessions.

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