Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

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Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Many patients ask me whether they are a good candidate for bariatric surgery, including those with osteoarthritis. This type of surgery involves a number of procedures that are performed on people with excess belly fat. This is often with long term weight loss results in mind. However, bariatric surgery is not for everyone. Here I will address the common question among my patients, most notably “Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?”. I will explain who this surgery is best for and the factors used in assessing patients. This should determine whether they are a good candidate for bariatric surgery. This will include things you need to consider before having bariatric surgery.

If you are thinking about undergoing bariatric surgery, please feel free to contact our team of medical experts. Our highly experienced medical team will be able to offer assistance, guidance and advice in relation to weight loss surgery.

Give us a call on 303-861-4505 today.

Body Mass Index & Bariatric Surgery

BMI helps medical professionals to determine whether a patient is a good candidate for bariatric surgery. BMI stands for “body mass index”. It is used as a measurement of body weight in relation to height. This health indicator helps to understand whether someone is underweight, a normal healthy weight or overweight. A healthy BMI is from 20 to 25 on this scale. It represents an ideal body weight for a person’s height. A high BMI of 25 to 30 would put a patient in the overweight category. A BMI of 30 or more indicates obesity.

Obese BMI sub categories:

  • Obesity starts at Class I : BMI of 30 – 35
  • Morbid obesity stars at Class II : BMI of 35 – 40
  • Comorbidity often manifests in Class III: BMI of 40 or greater


Class III: represents morbid obesity and means you would benefit for having bariatric surgery. If you have a BMI of 35 – 40 you may still be a good candidate for bariatric surgery, but most health insurance companies require that a major comorbidity be present. This means you suffer from obesity and another concerning health risk or disease.

bariatric surgery for excess belly fat and obesity

If your BMI is over 35, what should you do?

If you have a BMI of 35 or above and a comorbidity you make a strong candidate for a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

People with a high body mass index are unfortunately at a greater risk of diseases. These include type II diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea and hyperlipidemia. It is important to fully understand your personal health risks and try to find ways of improving your health and quality of life. For some patients, bariatric surgery might be their best option.

Class I obesity, a BMI of 30 to 35 with a metabolic uncontrolled disease such as type II diabetes. This can be a strong indication that weight loss surgery is an option. Both the gastric bypass, and the sleeve gastrectomy will put diabetes into remission. This is true in 60% to 80% of cases. Be aware that some insurance companies still refuse to cover the cost of weight loss surgery. Unfortunately this is despite studies demonstrating that type II diabetes is improved post weight loss surgery.

To calculate your own BMI, you’ll need to know your height and weight measurements. You can often find a BMI calculator online which will help you to find out which category you fit into.

Osteoarthritis Patients and Bariatric Surgery

It is also relevant to discuss the presence of osteoarthritis in a patient with a BMI greater than 35. You may be considered a good candidate for weight loss surgery rather than undergoing joint replacement surgery.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects millions of people around the world. As we age, the cartilage that helps to cushion and support joints wears down. This process can be faster and more prominent in some people. Osteoarthritis affects joints in the hands, knees, hips and spine, however it can affect other joints in the body too.

If you are overweight and carry a lot of belly fat then your joints and bones are going to be under a lot of stress. Often patients who are overweight have issues with their knees and hips. Pain in the joints can be made worse with obesity. One way to avoid undergoing joint replacement surgery is by losing a lot of weight.

Belly fat is particularly bad for osteoarthritis patients. This is because carrying a lot of fat around the belly increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But there is also an increased risk factor for bone loss. If belly fat is preventing you from being mobile and exercising, you’ll become weaker despite potentially appearing to have bigger calves and quads.

The results of undergoing bariatric surgery, a bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, is enough to relieve the intense pressure that obesity can put on the knees and hips. With less pressure, joints become less painful and allow for movement and flexibility. This will help patients avoid joint replacement surgery.

Osteoarthritis can be worsed by obesity, and helped by bariatric surgery

Belly Fat – A Life Threatening Health Concern

A lot of patients who are hoping to undergo bariatric surgery have been trying to lose weight for many years. Whether it be through diet, exercise or both, some patients find it extremely difficult to lose excess weight, even if they’ve been trying to repeatedly to change their life.

If this sounds familiar to you, you could be a good candidate for this type of weight loss surgery. If we are able to see that you have tried everything to lose weight and nothing seems to be working for you, surgery might be your best option.

For some patients, undergoing surgery is their last hope to lose weight and it can be life changing. The decision to choose to have bariatric surgery depends on your particular circumstances and health concerns, but if you are eligible, you could start your weight loss journey and be one step closer to a healthier life. Patients who have undergone this procedure can look forward to a more active lifestyle and with less health concerns and worries. Being able to change your life with this procedure can give hope where patients thought there was none. Having good health and a long life expectancy is a priority.

Conclusion for potential weight-loss surgery candidates

In summary, if you have a high BMI, you are likely suffering from a health condition such as heart disease, diabetes or Osteoarthritis. If have tried to lose weight yourself without success, you could be a good candidate for life changing bariatric surgery.

If you are considering bariatric surgery, Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute specialises in such procedures. CBSI offers you a faster and smoother recovery than any of its rivals. In fact, all of our bariatric procedures are done robotically. Robotic bariatric surgery has distinct advantages over procedures done laparoscopically. Our highly experienced medical professionals have demonstrated that our patients have less pain post bariatric surgery and a faster and smoother recovery.

If we can help you with your weight loss needs, please give us a call (303-861-4505) and make an appointment. Make this year, the year for a healthier, happier you!

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