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Who is a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Who is a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

A candidate for bariatric surgery must have:

  • a BMI of greater than 40
  • or a BMI greater than 35 and at least one significant additional cardiovascular risk factor
  • or need to lose 100 pounds or more, as determined by the standard ideal-weight table.

The FDA is also considering expanding its approval for the use of bariatric surgery to include moderately obese individuals.

Average BMI for patients in the Lourdes program is approximately 48 and most have been more than 100 pounds overweight throughout their adult lives. Most patients accepted for treatment in the Lourdes program have attempted at least one managed weight-control program with unsuccessful results.

To calculate your BMI use the calculator below to see if you qualify.


BMI Categories:

  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
  • Overweight = 25–29.9
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
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