The Institute for Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals has an extensive evaluation process that is designed to safely identify appropriate candidates. There are many factors that impact whether you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery. These include:

  • Age
  • Medical history
  • Surgical history
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Personal choice
  • Lifestyle

These evaluations are used to pinpoint where you need support to be ready for the life-long commitment that bariatric surgery requires for a new and healthier way of living.

Don’t disqualify yourself because you think you are a “complicated” case. In fact, the Center handles the most complicated weight-management candidates. The minimum criteria for bariatric surgery is:

  • You are at least 100 pounds above your ideal body weight.
  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater and you have failed at multiple attempts at dieting and exercise. Calculate your BMI here.
  • You have a BMI of 35 or greater if you have obesity-related disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or degenerative joint disease.
Patients come to the Center from every walk of life. They are men and women who range in ages from 16 to 69 and weigh from 220 to 710 pounds. They began their journeys with BMIs ranging from 35 to 99 and suffered the typical and expected incidence of obesity-related diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, asthma, sleep apnea, joint disease, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, neuropathy and infertility, among other conditions.

The vast majority, with the help of weight loss surgery and the support of our comprehensive program, have discovered long-term success.

Ready to learn more? Use our appointment scheduling form to schedule an initital consultation. For more information or to register for an upcoming seminar on bariatric surgery, please call (212) 636-1000.

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