Why consider surgery?
There are millions of individuals suffering from the chronic disease of morbid obesity. This disease impacts every system in the body and can lead to devastating medical problems, social isolation, emotional struggles and decreased life expectancy.
People who choose to undergo bariatric surgery lose substantial amounts of weight. Weight loss after bariatric surgery can range from 50 to 200 pounds or more, and can be kept off for good. After weight loss surgery, health and wellbeing improves because the medical stress caused by excess weight is reduced. Some medical improvements after weight loss surgery include:
- Type II Diabetes
- High Blood pressure
- Cancer mortality
- Joint pain
- Sleep apnea
Am I a candidate?
Weight loss surgeons, and the medical community, agree that bariatric surgery is a medically appropriate intervention for the vast majority of patients who meet the criteria for bariatric surgery. For most people in this category, the risk of surgery is much lower than the health risks associated with morbid obesity. The medical criteria to qualify for bariatric surgery are:
- Body Mass Index (BMI) > 40, or
- BMI > 35, with at least one medical problem that is worsened by excessive weight.
|18.5 - 24.9||Normal|
|25.0 - 29.9||Pre-Obese/Overweight|
|30.0 - 34.9||Obese Class 1|
|35.0 - 39.9||Obese Class 2|
|> 40||Obese Class 3|
Use our calculator to find out your BMI
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
Your BMI Score is:
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The Methodist Weight Loss Centers offer outstanding support to our patients before, during and after weight loss surgery. We offer these support services to help keep you on track with your weight loss goals.
- Pre-surgical classes
- Support Groups
- Educational opportunities
The pre-surgical class is designed to ensure that you are ready for surgery and address any questions or concerns. We also offer a monthly support group and educational classes led by our Behavioral Health team with scheduled visits from our surgeons and dietitians.
We are network providers for many insurance plans and if insurance does not cover your surgery, we have several financing options available.