Am I A Candidate?

Body Mass Index
Compare your Body Mass Index (BMI) to this table. If you have a BMI of 35 or greater, you may be eligible for weight loss surgery.

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5-24.9 Normal
25.0-29.9 Overweight
  >>  30.0 and Above Obese   <<

Eligibility for surgery has been determined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH recognizes obesity as a disease and states that permanent weight loss through diet is almost impossible for moderately and severely obese individuals. Specifically, they acknowledge that weight loss surgery has the best success rate.

You are eligible for surgery if you have:

  • a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher


  • a BMI of at least 35 and are diagnosed with at least one or more serious obesity related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea

Other important eligibility requirements include:

  • No poorly controlled psychological conditions
  • No drug or alcohol dependence
  • No smoking for gastric bypass and highly recommended for band
  • A personal, lifelong commitment to follow the nutritional, exercise, vitamin/supplement and laboratory protocols indicated by our program

These are only general guidelines. Your surgeon will work with you to see if surgery is the right decision for you. Your first step is to learn more about the surgeries and our program through this web site and to attend an Information Seminar.

Health Benefits of Surgery

Study after study proves the health benefits of weight loss surgery in resolving metabolic syndrome (diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol) and other serious medical conditions while greatly improving the quality of life.

Listed below are serious medical conditions and the percent of patients whose conditions are resolved not just improved after surgery:

Medical Condition Percent Resolved After Surgery

Medical Condition Percent Resolved After Surgery