OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Are You a Candidate?

Weight loss surgery is a useful tool for successful weight loss, but it is not for everyone.

You are a candidate for weight loss surgery if:

  • You have a BMI of 35-39 with medical problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, or sleep apnea (stop breathing as you sleep), OR you have a BMI of over 40 with or without medical problems.  You may calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) by using the BMI calculator. The BMI is a calculation that takes into consideration both your height and weight.
  • You are under the age of 70.
  • You have realistic expectations from surgery.
  • You understand the possible risks of surgery.
  • You understand the way your life will change after surgery.
  • You are willing to actively participate in making a lifestyle change.
  • You are willing to visit your surgeon for long-term follow-up.
  • You have tried other diets under the supervision of a doctor and failed. This is a surgery of last resort.

You are not a candidate for weight loss surgery if:

  • surgical-weight-loss.jpg Your BMI is less than 35, OR
  • Your BMI is between 35-39 and you have no medical problems.
  • You are over the age of 70.

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