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Who is a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Who is a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) greater or equal to 35 kg/m ², with one or more significant obesity-related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and high cholesterol.
  • BMI greater than 40 kg/m ², regardless of other medical conditions. Calculate your BMI below.
  • History of multiple failed weight-loss attempts by dieting, exercise, and medical therapies, as documented by your physician
  • 18 to 70 years of age (with some exceptions)
  • Understanding the procedure and implications, and accepting the operative risks
  • Having realistic expectations and motivation
  • Committing to lifelong maintenance programs for diet, vitamin supplementation, exercise, and follow-up with your healthcare team.

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
    • Class 1 Obesity = BMI of 30 -34.9
    • Class 2 Obesity = BMI 35-40
    • Class 3 Obesity = BMI 40+

To learn more about Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery and to explore your options, connect with the Virtua Bariatric Navigation Team at or 856-246-4155.

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