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Are You a Candidate print email
If you are significantly overweight and have tried everything to lose weight, bariatric surgery may be an appropriate option for you. Along with specific lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery can help you to lose weight permanently and improve your health. But to be eligible for bariatric surgery, you must meet certain specific criteria.

Review the qualifications listed below. Then talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about bariatric surgery. Or, contact the Kennedy Bariatric Surgery Program to discuss your qualifications with someone from our bariatric team. Together, we can help you determine if surgery is the right weight-loss option for you.

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you meet...

At least one of the following criteria:
AND
All of the following criteria:
You are at least 100 pounds overweight and have been unsuccessful at losing weight through diet, exercise, and medication


You are an adult between the ages of 18 and 60, or have special considerations that may warrant surgery
Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or greater and have been unsuccessful at losing weight through other methods


You do not have a serious medical condition that would make you unfit for surgery
Your body mass index (BMI) is 35 or greater and you have a weight-related health problem, such as:
  •  Type 2 diabetes
  •  Heart disease
  •  High blood pressure
  •  High cholesterol
  •  Sleep apnea
  •  Arthritis or joint pain o Respiratory disease
  •  Gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD)



You do not suffer from an unstable or untreated psychological disorder
You are considered medically disabled because of your weight


You do not abuse alcohol
Your weight prevents you from doing routine daily tasks


You have not smoked or abused drugs within a year of your surgery




You understand that bariatric surgery is a serious commitment that requires ongoing follow-up visits




You are ready to make permanent lifestyle changes including a restricted diet following surgery