Bariatric Surgery Requirements: Are You a Candidate?

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Bariatric Surgery Requirements: Are You a Candidate?

Bariatric surgery requirements are extensive, and patients must be determined to be an appropriate candidates before the surgery can be performed. 

If you’re unsure whether this is the right path to take, we’ve listed out what you need to know.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery includes procedures like gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy which can help patients lose up to 80% of their excess body weight after one year.

Bariatric surgery is often reserved for individuals who are obese and have other health risks such as diabetes or sleep apnea.

Some of the bariatric procedures will require restricting how much food the stomach can hold while some reduce the nutrients the body can absorb. But, there are also procedures that offer both.

Bariatric surgery requirements

The requirements for bariatric surgery vary by patient and surgeon, but will typically include a physical exam, medical history, and psychological evaluation.

Many insurance companies will cover the cost of the surgery if there is a diagnosed obesity-related condition that can improve with weight loss like diabetes or high blood pressure. In CBSI, we offer a free insurance evaluation as well as self-pay options that you can consider.

Ideal candidates for bariatric surgery are people who:

  • Have a BMI of 40 or higher
  • Have a BMI of 35-40 with obesity-related health issues. These include type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, sleep apnea, stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), or joint pain
  • Between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Non-smokers
  • Unsuccessful after trying multiple diet and exercise programs for a long time
  • Dedicated to maintaining the lifestyle changes that accompany bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is for those who want to make positive lifestyle changes even long after the procedure. You may be asked to do follow-up visits to ensure that you are on the right track.

You may also undergo a series of evaluations to ensure that you are ready for the procedure. These include:

  • Surgical Evaluation
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Nutritional Evaluation

However, even if you are already an approved candidate, it’s still possible for your bariatric surgery to be delayed or cancelled if you have gained weight after the first evaluation or the doctors have found that you are not psychologically ready.

Remember that bariatric surgery doesn’t stop after the procedure. It’s a long term commitment where the long-term results will highly depend on what you do after. This means that you should improve your eating habits, your physical activities, and overall lifestyle.

If you meet the criteria, you can contact Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute to know more.

Bariatric Surgery at CBSI

Our team will explain what to expect before you come in for surgery and after the procedure.

Dr. Thomas Brown has successfully performed more than 6,000 bariatric procedures over the past 20 years. He has been providing patients with a new lease on life to make sure that they are not only physically healthy but their mental well-being has also improved.


Bariatric surgery requirements are extensive, and patients must be determined to be an appropriate candidates before the surgery can be performed. 

Call us at 303-861-4505 to know more. Get free insurance evaluation by answering this form.

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