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Are You a Candidate?

Undergoing weight loss surgery is a complex, personal decision with life-changing implications. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has created guidelines to indicate candidates for surgery. Our bariatric care team will work with you and your doctor to determine the best option for your health needs.

Is your Body Mass Index above 40?
According to the NIH, a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher is obese. Patients with a BMI of 40 or above are considered candidates for bariatric surgery. BMI  relates body weight to height. In adults, it correlates strongly with total body fat content.  To calculate your BMI ask your primary care physician at your next check up.

Do you have obesity-related illnesses?
Persons with a BMI of as low as 35 may be candidates for bariatric surgery, if they have obesity-related illnesses, such as: 
• Diabetes
• Hypertension
• Depression
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea
• Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Have other weight loss methods proven unsuccessful?
If you have tried to lose weight through a program of diet and exercise, under a physician’s supervision, your physician may suggest bariatric surgery. Keeping a record of your BMI and your efforts will help determine your eligibility for bariatric surgery.

Does your insurance cover bariatric surgery?
At this time, Arnot Health only accepts patients with insurance coverage for bariatric surgery. Contact your insurance provider to confirm that your plan covers weight loss surgery. Bring the information to your first consultation and we will take care of the rest.

Learn More
Attend a free seminar to learn more about bariatric surgery. Call Health on Demand at 607-737-4499 or find an event: Bariatric Seminar Calendar.

Request a Consultation
Arnot Health is committed to helping you lose weight so that you can live a healthy life more fully. To schedule a bariatric surgery consultation, call 607-734-2695 or request a consultation.

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